Shell station robbed a second time
An armed robber hit an Ellicott City service station Saturday, the second robbery at the station in the last month.
County police said a man entered the St. John's Shell station in the 9000 block of Baltimore National Pike about 11:40 p.m.
The man handed the clerk a note that read: "Give up the money or I'll shoot you," police said.
After the clerk handed over less than $100, the man fled on foot, police said. Investigators followed footprints in the snow to Chevrolet Drive, where police think the robber got into a car.
The suspect is described as a white man in his early- to mid-20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build and a slight beard, police said. He was wearing a hooded blue sweat shirt and blue jeans.
The man never displayed a gun during the robbery, police said. No one was injured during the incident.
The station was robbed Dec. 15 after a man gave the clerk a note demanding money, police said. The note implied that the robber had a weapon. Police think the suspect is responsible for two other robberies at businesses along U.S. 40 in early December.
The other robberies were at a Mobil service station Dec. 12 and at Signet Bank Dec. 11.
* Elkridge: 5700 block of Railroad Ave.: A $100 Huffy bicycle was stolen from a front yard between 7 p.m. Monday and noon Tuesday.
6300 block of Old Washington Blvd.: Someone used a pellet gun and shattered the rear window of a truck cap that was in a back yard. The shooting occurred between Nov. 26 and 5:30 p.m. Monday.
* Ellicott City:: 3300 block of Coventry Court Drive: Someone shattered the rear window to a 1988 Chevrolet Blazer, possibly by using a BB gun, between midnight and 6 a.m. Tuesday.
3200 block of Wheaton Way: Someone tried to break into a 1990 Ford Mustang GT between 6 p.m. Jan. 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, possibly by using a screwdriver.
2800 block of Country Lane: Someone smashed the passenger-side door of a 1978 Chevrolet Malibu between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
9200 block of Baltimore National Pike: Someone shattered a rear window of a 1986 Pontiac between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday while the car was parked on the Chatham Mall parking lot.
8800 block of Town and Country Blvd.: Someone smashed the driver's-side window of a 1986 Nissan 200 SX between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, and stole two Radio Shack C-90 cassette tapes valued at $14.
9200 block of Baltimore National Pike: Someone tried to force open a door of a 1991 Honda Accord between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday.
9000 Town and Country Boulevard: A green, blue and white 1991 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was stolen between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Maryland license tag number is 2895D8.
9000 block of U.S. 40: Someone tried to steal a 1988 Oldsmobile between 4 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from Miller Brothers Chevrolet.