Father, son charged in robbery at Caldor ELLICOTT CITY/ ELKRIDGE

December 24, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A father and son from Baltimore were charged in an armed robbery at the Caldor department store in Ellicott City on Wednesday afternoon, county police said.

The robbers took about $200 from the department store, said Sgt. Gary Gardner, a police spokesman.

No one was injured during the robbery.

"It's pretty brazen to hold up a busy department store in the middle of the day," Sergeant Gardner said.

Police arrested Earl H. Gray Jr., 50, and his 21-year-old son, Warren Thomas Gray. Each was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Investigators are looking for a third man who is believed to have been the gunman during the 1:55 p.m. robbery at the Chatham Mall department store, police said.

Police do not have the name of the third suspect.

Police gave the following account of the robbery:

A man armed with a handgun walked into the department store in the 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike and approached a clerk at the customer service counter.

The robber displayed his gun and demanded money.

The clerk, who, police said, is the girlfriend of Warren Gray, handed over the money, and the robber fled on foot.

L Neither of the Grays approached the counter with the gunman.

Two store employees told police that they saw the gunman run to the side of the store, where he got into the trunk of a beige Oldsmobile. The witnesses got the car's license plate number.

The car was traced to Earl Gray's father, a Baltimore man who told police his son had borrowed the car.

Shortly after the robbery, Earl Gray called Baltimore County police to report that the car was stolen from the Reisterstown Plaza shopping center.

He told police he had driven his son and the third man, whose name he did not know, to Caldor, where he waited outside for their return.

A short time later, the gunman returned to the car and asked to be put in the trunk, Mr. Gray told investigators. He drove the man to the Security Square Mall in Woodlawn, where the man got out and fled on foot. Mr. Gray then reported the stolen car, police said.

His son, Warren Gray, remained at the department store, where he was arrested a short time later while talking to his girlfriend.

Earl Gray was released on his own recognizance. Warren Gray is being held without bond in the county detention center.

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