ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

January 19, 1993

Police investigate spate of robberies

Annapolis police are investigating a half-dozen robberies in the city over the weekend.

Among them were the robbery of a Wendy's restaurant and a bingo parlor, the attempted holdup of a Subway Shop on Maryland Avenue and the holdup of a paper boy.

Two gunmen surrounded three employees at the Wendy's restaurant in the 1900 block of West St. late Sunday night and forced the manager to open the safe, city police said.

The manager and two workers had closed the restaurant shortly before midnight and were walking to their cars when the gunmen approached, police said.

The men forced them back inside at gunpoint and pulled out the phone line, police said. They made the manager open the safe and escaped with an undetermined amount of money.

The employees were not harmed, police said.

Police only had sketchy descriptions of the male suspects yesterday.

Two men robbed an Annapolis bingo parlor early Sunday, police said.

According to the police report, two men, one armed with a shotgun, walked into Casino Bingo in the first block of Hudson St. at 1:20 a.m., forced their way into the back office and took cash from the safe.

Police described the first robber as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 185 pounds with a medium build and light skin. He was wearing dark pants and a jacket with a hood pulled tightly around his face.

The second robber is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds with dark skin and wearing a dark blue ski mask and dark clothing.

A 12-year-old paper boy was robbed Saturday afternoon in the 1300 block of Forest Drive near Annapolis Seafood. The youth, a student at St. Mary's Elementary School, was riding his bicycle when another boy came up to him and threatened to beat him up, police said. The paper boy handed over $100 he had collected from customers, police said.

A man reported to police Saturday evening that he had been robbed at gunpoint at 3:15 a.m. at Gorman and Conduit streets while leaving the Hillman Parking Garage.

The man told police he was pulling out of the garage about 3:15 a.m. when a man ran up, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.

He handed over $40 and delayed reporting the robbery because he was in a state of shock, police said.

A holdup was averted Sunday at the Subway Shop on Maryland Avenue when the manager refused to hand over any money.

The bandit walked into the sandwich shop about 6 p.m., pointed a small gun at the manager and demanded cash. The manager refused to cooperate and the would-be robber took off, police said.

He robber was described as a black man, about 6 feet 3 inches, very thin with gaunt cheeks and bloodshot eyes. He was wearing a Chicago Bulls warm-up jacket.

Police charge four in theft of cigarettes

County police have charged four people with theft after they were arrested with 14 cartons of stolen cigarettes Sunday afternoon in South County.

Albert B. Weathers, 37, of the 1900 block of Frederick Place in Washington; Donald T. Bates, 39, of the 8300 block of Bernard Drive in Fort Washington; Vernon Williams, 40, of the 2000 block of Old Road in Hyattsville; and Debra Howell, 31, of the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace in Washington, were arrested at 2:30 p.m. after police stopped their car on Route 258.

According to the police report, four people walked into the IGA store in the 600 block of E. Bay Front Road in Deale and took several cartons of cigarettes. The owner of the store saw them leave in a blue Buick and gave police the license plate number.

When officers stopped the suspects, they found the cigarettes and several bottles of liquor that had been reported stolen from a liquor store in Calvert County.

Mr. Weathers also was charged with speeding and driving with a suspended license.

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