Two more teens charged in robberies
Two more Annapolis teen-agers have been charged with robbing a string of convenience stores in the last month, but city police still are searching for other members of the gang believed responsible for at least four holdups.
Michael L. Gibson, 19, of the 100 block of O'Bery Court, and Montiz L. Coleman, 17, of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, were arrested about 2:20 p.m. Monday after they waved at a police officer in District Court.
The officer knew the youths were being sought in connection with the robberies and called back-up officers to arrest them. Each was charged with four counts of armed robbery and was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center yesterday after failing to post a $500,000 bail.
Detectives said they're still searching for other members of the teen gang, known for fashioning crude ski masks out of sweat shirts and storming convenience shops with a sawed-off shotgun.
A 17-year-old, Warren Chase of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, was charged as an adult last week with the robberies, which include holdups of the 7-Eleven at 1796 Forest Drive on July 18, the 7-Eleven at 1527 Spa Road on July 21, the Dunkin' Donuts at 2004 West St. on July 26 and the 7-Eleven at 980 Bay Ridge Ave. on Aug. 3.
Police said they were not sure why the two youths were in the District Court or why they waved to the officer.
Vandals strike Annapolis store
Vandals threw a potting barrel through the front glass door of an Annapolis home improvement store Friday night -- a day after management had laid off 10 employees.
According to the police report, Steven Gibson, the manager of Hechingers in the first block of Forest Drive in Annapolis, called police at 6 a.m. Saturday when he found the doors smashed.
The vandal also slipped a note that contained several obscenities under the door, the police report said.
Mr. Gibson told police 10 workers were laid off Friday because of the lack of business at the store. He said more layoffs are expected.
4 Here are other crimes reported to county police:
* Crofton: 2100 block of Priest Bridge Drive: Aug. 4, entry gained through a door. Money taken. Total loss: $40.
* Crownsville: 1200 block of Generals Highway: Aug. 8, entry gained through a door. Money taken. Total loss: $400.
* Gambrills: 1000 block of Route 3: Aug. 10, entry gained through a window. Total loss: Unknown.
* Hanover: 7600 block of Fairbanks Court: Aug. 6, entry gained through a door. Unknown property taken.
* Odenton: 2200 block Canteen Circle: Aug. 6, entry gained through a door. Unknown property taken.