The three suspects are behind bars, charged with stealing breakfast from a group of city crime fighters. And a detective says that the suspects told him that they had a "good time with the food" and that they thanked Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke for calling the summit.
Baltimore police said three suspects -- and a man who has not been caught -- have been linked to about 20 armed robberies, including one in which a caterer had his car and $800 in food stolen the night before a crime summit breakfast.
Arrested Tuesday were Eugene Smith, 18, of the 5500 block of Cedonia Ave., and a 17-year-old city youth.
Last week, police arrested the alleged leader of the robbery gang, Marion Glober, 28, of the 1900 block of N. Payson St.
The caterer, Marquis De-Lafayette Carr of Glory to God Catering, was one of several victims whose cars and belongings were stolen during a string of robberies.
"I didn't get my food back, but I'm glad they're off the street. And I thank God I'm still alive," said Mr. Carr, 31, a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church on Druid Hill Avenue.
Mr. Carr and other victims were held up at gunpoint when they stopped for traffic lights, said police Detective Louis P. Hopson.
Mr. Carr was featured in a Sun story about the March 7 robbery. The thieves took all his food, including 25 Cornish game hens, 5 pounds of lump crab meat, four varieties of bagels and a case of asparagus.
"They said they had a good time with the food. They ate it all, and they told me to thank Kurt Schmoke and the city officials for the crime summit," said Detective Hopson, who interviewed the suspects.
Detective Hopson said the motive for the robberies appears to be drug-related.
The suspects were identified after one of them ran up $522.70 in phone calls on Mr. Carr's telephone charge card.
Mr. Carr said the robbery has been a blessing in disguise for him.
"Business is going wonderful. A lot of people called.
"One gentleman has even offered to donate a used 1978 van for me to make my deliveries," he said.