Columbia K mart fire ruled an arson case
A fire that occurred at the Columbia K mart store last week has been ruled an arson by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
The fire was set on a woman's handbag and caused damages of less than $100 in the Dobbin Center store Monday night, said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.
Employees extinguished the 9:15 p.m. fire and evacuated shoppers, he said.
The fire marshal's office asks anyone with information about the fire to call 800-492-7529.
Description given on robbery suspect
Police have released the description of a suspect in Tuesday's robbery of an armored car guard.
The Brinks guard was delivering money to the First American Bank at the 5900 block of Symphony Woods Road in Columbia when a man went up to him with a gun and demanded money.
Police said the man placed the gun on the guard's back and
pushed him down, taking bank bags and fleeing into the woods near Old Columbia Road.
Police describe the suspect as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inch, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a tan complexion and a mustache. He has unkept blondish-brown hair and was wearing a plaid shirt, blue jeans, blue baseball cap and dark work boots.
Brinks Armored Car Service is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for an arrest and indictment. The company is also offering $35,000 for the recovery of the money, the amount of which neither the company nor the police would disclose.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 313-2220 or 313-2266.
Metro Crime Stoppers are offering a separate reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment of the suspect. Call 276-8888.
Countians robbed in separate incidents
Two men were robbed of money last week in separate incidents.
An 18-year-old Laurel man suffered minor injuries after he was beaten up by five teen-agers in the parking lot of a Columbia convenience store Wednesday night.
The man was sitting in his car at the Hickory Ridge WaWa at 11 p.m. when five teen-agers pulled up in a car and approached him. Police said the teen-agers hit and held him as others went through his pocket and took an undisclosed amount of money. They fled in their car.
The next night, a 25-year-old Baltimore man sitting by his disabled car in Savage was robbed by two men, one displaying a handgun.
Police said the men approached the stranded motorist on U.S. 1 at 11:15 p.m. and asked if he needed help. After the man said, "no," one of them pulled out a gun and stole $85 in cash. The suspects told the man to walk north while they fled the other direction, possibly in a red car.
Police said the motorist was not injured.
Jogger reports indecent exposure
A woman jogger saw a man masturbating on a hill in Centennial Park last week, police said.
The 25-year-old woman was running around the lake Thursday afternoon when she saw the man sitting in a grassy area along the west side, near a footbridge. She continued to jog and reported the incident to park officials, who could not find the man.
The suspect, wanted for indecent exposure, is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches, with a medium build and a pale complexion. He was wearing blue shorts and a light-colored shirt.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
9000 block of Queen Maria Court: A window pane was broken between July 1 and Tuesday. A TV, VCR, couch pillow and jewelry were taken.
6000 block of Misty Arch Run: A sliding door was shattered between July 3 and Monday. Nothing was taken.
9100 block of Red Branch Road: A door to Merchant Tire and Auto was pried between July 3 and Monday. Money was taken from a cash register.
8900 block of Lambskin Lane: Soda, chips and snacks were stolen overnight July 5 from the Locust Park pool. Police say a key may have been used to unlock the storage compartment.
10400 block of Twin Rivers: A window of the Big Cheese Pizzeria was smashed and a cash register taken overnight July 5.
11600 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: A window of Columbia Association was smashed overnight July 5. Cash was taken from a cash box.
3800 block of Yellowstone Court: A go-cart was stolen between July 3 and Tuesday.
5300 block of Columbia Road: A 1991 Honda motorcycle was stolen overnight Monday.
9300 block of Snowden River Parkway: Glass in the front door was broken shortly after midnight Thursday.
5400 block of Harpers Farm Road: A white 1988 Chevy Celebrity was stolen either Tuesday or Wednesday.
6500 block of Isle of Skye Drive: A burglar entered through an unlocked door overnight Tuesday and stole a purse.