City man pleads guilty to convenience store robberies

July 24, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to robbing two county High's convenience stores and leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

Charles Patrick Cobb, 22, of the 2600 block of Rittenhouse Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one count each of fleeing police and unauthorized use of a stolen car.

He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 4, but prosecutors are recommending a maximum of 12 years. They are also asking that he pay $1,987.56 in restitution to the owner of the stolen car.

Cobb was charged in the convenience store robberies along with an alleged accomplice, Bobby Gene Geddings Jr., 40, of the 7400 block of Hawkins Drive in Hanover, Howard County. Mr. Geddings' trial was postponed yesterday, and a new date has not been set.

The two are accused of robbing a High's store in the 7800 block of Telegraph Road in Severn of $138 on Feb. 15. They also are accused of robbing $50 from the High's store in the 1000 block of South Crain Highway in Glen Burnie the next day.

On Feb. 19, Cobb was seen by police at about 11:45 p.m. driving a 1988 red Pontiac Trans-Am reported stolen earlier in the evening from a Millersville man. The officers tried to pull him over at the intersection of Quarterfield Road and Route 97 in Glen Burnie.

Cobb led the officers on a chase at speeds exceeding 110 mph, at one time turning off his lights to elude police. The chase finally ended on White's Road, off Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

Cobb fled the car, and police searched for several hours with a helicopter and police dogs. He was arrested while walking along Ritchie Highway near the chase scene.

During questioning by police, he admitted to stealing the car and his role in the two convenience store robberies.

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