Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


October 21, 1992

Mount Airy men are arrested for robbery

Two Mount Airy men were arrested Monday after they allegedly used a car in snatching the purse of a shopper at the Carrolltowne Mall in Eldersburg.

The victim, JoAnn Tart, told state police she was walking across the parking lot near the food market about 6 p.m. when the passenger in a blue, mid-sized automobile reached out and grabbed her purse.

Ms. Tart was thrown to the ground. She received minor injuries but did not seek immediate hospital treatment.

Tfc. Joseph Starkey, who had a description of the car and its two occupants, sighted the suspect vehicle about six miles away, headed west on Route 26 near Route 97.

Trooper Starkey, joined by Tfc. Greg Cullison, stopped the car and arrested both occupants. The troopers reported that the license tags on the car were stolen.

The suspects were identified as James Stanley Roderick Jr., 23, of the 14400 block of Peddicore Road, who was the passenger in the car, and Robert James Arnold Jr., the driver, of the 13900 block of W. Annapolis Court, police said.

Both men were charged with robbery, theft, and assault and robbery.

Mr. Arnold also was charged with operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, and with failure to display a license.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Mr. Roderick and $10,000 for Mr. Arnold. They are being held at the Carroll County Detention Center pending trial.

Bids delayed on bridge repairs

The State Highway Administration has delayed until Nov. 5 the opening of bids for resurfacing and safety improvements to Route 32 from Route 26 in Eldersburg to Nottingham Road in Gamber.

The project also includes structural repairs to the 609-foot-long, 32-foot-wide bridge over Morgan Run. Plans call for replacement of the bridge deck and work on the structural steel and substructure concrete.

SHA officials originally required bids by yesterday. Due to changes made on its planning specifications, the administration is allowing contractors an additional two weeks to prepare their bids.

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