The date for National Night Out was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's Howard County Sun. The date is Tuesday. The Howard County Sun regrets the error.
Police seek robber of Columbia store
Police have released a composite drawing of a man wanted in connection with a Columbia convenience store robbery two weeks ago.
Police say a man entered the High's store at the 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road at 10:55 p.m. July 13 and displayed a handgun, pushing an employee to the rear of the store.
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Police say he got an undisclosed sum of money and fled on foot toward Old Tucker Row.
Police describe the suspect as a light-skinned black man about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 18 to 24 years old. The suspect was wearing a red shirt, blue shorts and a black-knit stocking cap.
Metro Crime Stoppers (276-8888) is offering a reward of up to $1,000 leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect. Or call police at 313-2220.
County residents are encouraged to turn on outside lights and sit on their porches, front steps or balconies 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday as part of National Night Out.
Across the country, more than 10,000 cities and towns will participate in in the 10th National Night Out, which aims to increase crime prevention awareness and strengthen community spirit.
In the county, more than 25 neighborhoods will hold block parties. Call the crime prevention office at 313-2230 for more information.
Car thief cons Acura salesperson
An unidentified person who conned a car salesperson during a test run drove away with a model and stole it, police said.
The suspect -- whose identity is unknown -- took a 1990 Acura Legend for a test drive with a salesperson from the Saturn car dealership at the 8400 block of U.S. 40 Saturday afternoon. The suspect asked the salesperson to drive the car back to the dealership. When the salesperson stepped out of the car, the suspect drove away with it, police said.
Police are continuing their investigation.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
5800 block of Stevens Forest Road: A resident was awakened when an unidentified man reached through his apartment window and tugged at his pillow early Friday morning.
5600 block of Stevens Forest Road: A resident was awaken by an unidentified man leaning over a bed overnight Friday. The suspect is described as a male, possibly white, with short hair. He was wearing light-colored shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.
6100 block of Gatsby Green: A garage door was forced open overnight Thursday and a mountain bike was stolen.
5400 block of El Camino: An unlocked sliding glass door was entered overnight Saturday. A purse and a 1992 Pontiac Bonneville were stolen.
11100 block of Wood Elves Way: A front bedroom window was stolen overnight Friday. A TV was stolen.
5000 block of Southern Star Terrace: Screens were removed from windows overnight Saturday. A neighbor found a TV in a nearby field.
8500 block of Black Star Court: A screen was cut from an open window early morning Thursday. A wallet was taken.
8300 block of Black Star Court: A screen was removed from an open window early morning Thursday. A purse was stolen.
8700 block of Hayshed Lane: A 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix was stolen last Wednesday.
5600 block of Columbia Road: A 1992 black Suzuki motorcycle was stolen Sunday.
4000 block of MacAlpine Court: A burglar entered through an unlocked rear sliding glass door overnight Saturday and stole a purse, which was recovered in the backyard. Cash and credit cards were taken.
4000 block of Chatham Road: An unlocked garage was entered early Sunday morning. Cars were reported stolen.
2900 block of Sylvan Court: A screen was removed from an open window overnight Thursday. Purses were stolen and cars were ransacked.
Bethany Lane and Route 99: The latch of a door to Harbin's produce stand was pried early Friday morning. About $250 in change was taken.
700 block of Marriottsville Road: A boarded-up window of a Picarilli Quarry trailer was pried open overnight Thursday. A fax machine and a saw were taken.
6500 block of Ducketts Lane: A sliding glass door was pried open Friday. A CD player, tapes and a video camera were stolen.
5400 block of Levering Avenue: A door was forced open Saturday. Police say suspects were possibly scared away when residents returned home. A stack of items were found on the bed and a TV was stolen.
7100 block of Ducketts Lane: A red 1992 Suzuki motorcycle was stolen early Saturday morning.
6100 block of Karas Walk: A window of a construction trailer was pried between July 19 and 25. A portable air conditioner was reported stolen.