An anonymous tip has led to the arrest of an 18-year-ol Curtis Bay man in connection with a series of armed robberies of service stations and convenience stores in northern Anne Arundel County.
Arrested at 11 p.m. yesterday by Anne Arundel and city police after a brief foot chase when he ran out the rear door of his home was Roy Morris Brethauer, of the 1600 block of Plum St.
Mr. Brethauer, police said, was initially charged with the Sept. 19 robbery of the Crown service station in the 7600 block Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Glen Burnie and the Sept. 22 robbery of )) the Royal Farm store in the 200 block of Oak Manor Drive, also in Glen Burnie.
He was expected to be indicted by the Anne Arundel County grand jury in the following robberies: Uncle Marvin's Big Red station in the 7700 block Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard; Dan's Crown station in the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway; Ray's Crown station in the 8200 block of Veterans Highway, and the Amoco food mart in the 300 block of Mountain Road.
Those robberies occurred between Sept. 17 and yesterday.
In each case, a man armed either with a knife or handgun, RTC entered the businesses and demanded money out of the cash register. No injuries were reported and the amount of money taken was not considered large.
Mr. Brethauer, police said, became a prime suspect when several robbery victims identified his photograph at a photo line-up.
Police declined to say how the suspect's photograph was obtained.
Mr. Brethauer, who is unemployed, was held overnight at the Northern District station pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner.