Teens shop for guns after Kmart closes

September 08, 1992|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

Two youths tried to come up with their own Blue Light Special in the shotgun department at an East Baltimore Kmart last night.

The two 15-year-olds hid inside the Kmart store in the Parkside Shopping Center in the 5100 block of Sinclair Lane when it closed at 8 p.m., according to city police spokesman Sam Ringgold. The youths loaded shotguns and ammunition into a shopping cart. The plot fell apart when the burglars were discovered by a janitor at 9:15 p.m. The janitor had a brief discussion with the two youths, fled and hid in the store's cafeteria, where he called police.

Officers surrounded the store and used a bullhorn to communicate with the burglars. After about 2 1/2 hours, the youths walked to the front door with their hands raised and gave up.

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