Teen pleads guilty to six robberies

February 03, 1993

An 18-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to committing six robberies in one week last fall in northern Anne Arundel County.

Roy M. Brethauer, of the 1600 block of Plum St., faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of armed robbery and two counts of robbery before Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

Brethauer was arrested after an informant called Baltimore police Sept. 23, 1992 and told officers Brethauer was responsible for a string of armed robberies in the county, police said.

He was arrested by detectives when he tried to flee out the back of his house, police said.

Police said Brethauer admitted to six robberies in the previous week. He also was identified by clerks of the businesses that were robbed, police said.

Brethauer pleaded guilty to the Sept. 17 holdups of Uncle Marvin's Oasis, in the 7700 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., and Dan's Crown gas station, in the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway; the Sept. 19 robberies of Ray's Crown gas station, in the 8200 block of Veterans Highway, and the Crown gas station in the 7600 block of B&A Blvd.; and the Sept. 22 holdups of the Royal Farm store in the 200 block of Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie and an Amoco gas station in Pasadena.

Assistant Public Defender Gary Christopher said Brethauer was dependent on crack cocaine and that his supplier set up the robberies and threatened that Brethauer and his family would be harmed if he didn't carry them out.

Judge Thieme set sentencing for March 26.

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