Columbia Store Burglarized 5th Time

Police, fire log

April 22, 1992

A Columbia convenience store was burglarized early Friday morning for the fifth time in two months.

Police say intruders climbed air ducts and entered through the roof of the Wilde Lake High's store at 5430 Lynx Lane shortly after midnight. Police say they stole cigarettes and smashed the glass front door to escape.

Previous incidents there involved "smash-and-grab" thefts, in which suspects would break the front door and steal cigarettes and undisclosed amounts of cash.

Police believe the burglaries may be related.


Owners of an Ellicott City dry cleaning store were robbed by two men Friday morning as they were opening for business, according to police.

Raymond Ra, 49, and Lynn Ra, 32, were walking into First Quality Cleaners at the 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike when the men approached. One man placeda blunt object into Lynn Ra's back and demanded cash.

The owners,who were not injured, turned over an undisclosed amount of money, and the robbers fled in a blue car.


Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:


8900 block of Tamar Drive: Someone broke a window between April 14 and Thursday. It is unknown if anything was taken.

10900 block of Batter Sea Lane: Someone smashed the rear sliding door of an abandoned house between Saturday and Sunday.

10900 block of Swansfield Road: Someone entered througha garage door and stole a radar detector from a car between Saturdayand Sunday.

8900 block of Early April Way: Someone broke the window of the Kings Crossing Club House in Kings Contrivance early Mondaymorning.

5400 block of Trumpeter Road: Someone broke the glass window of a door at Wilde Lake High School.

5700 block of Stevens Forest Road: Someone stole a 1991 silver Honda Accord Saturday.

9400block of Kilimanjaro Road: Someone stole a 1984 white Toyota Celica Friday from the Oakland Mills High School parking lot as the owner was jogging on the track. Police say the owner left the keys in the car.

10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: Someone stole a 1985 black Chevrolet Corvette from the Columbia Mall parking lot Saturday.

5300 block of Smooth Meadow Way: Someone tried to steal a 1982 Cadillac between April 13 and 15.

5700 block of Cedar Lane: Someone stole a 1986 gray Chevy Nova from the Howard County General Hospital parking lot Friday.

7400 block of Sea Change: Someone stole a yellow Honda moped that had been locked and chained to a car port April 15 or 16.

7800 block of Murray Hill Road: Someone kicked open a door Friday and broke into a gun cabinet, stealing a rifle and a camera.

9500 block of Many Mile Mews: Someone stole a compact disc player, aNintendo game set, a stereo and a TV between April 10 and 15.

Ellicott City:

9000 block of Town and Country Boulevard: Someone stole a 1987 gray Mazda truck between Sunday and Monday.

9400 block ofBrookmeade Court: Someone forced open a storage shed and stole a bike between Saturday and Sunday.

2200 block of Mount Hebron Drive: Ahome owner noticed lawn equipment missing Friday.


6600 block of Ducketts Lane: Someone stole a 1991 white Honda Accord between Thursday and Friday.

6200 block of Route 1: Someone chiseledopen a floor safe between Sunday and Monday and stole 416 Instant Winner lottery tickets at the High's convenience store.


7800 block of Mayfield Avenue: Someone entered through a kitchen window between Friday and Monday, taking jewelry, coins and computer games.

8700 block of Mission Road: Someone tried to steal a 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier Friday and damaged the steering column.


9100 block of Guilford Road: Someone smashed a window and stole a TV from the Federal Express office Saturday.


11200 block of Harding Road: Someone tried to pry open a window Thursday.

West Friendship:

12200 block of Etchison Road: Someone entered a window April 14 and stole stereo equipment.

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