East Columbia

February 23, 1993

Movie theater robbed; manager, employees locked in 0) bathroom

Two men, one armed with a weapon, forced the manager of Columbia Palace Nine Movie Theater to open the theater's safe early Sunday, then fled with an undisclosed amount of money, Howard County police said.

No one was injured.

The robbery began about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when two men approached the manager outside the theater, located at 8805 Centre Park Drive, as he went to warm up his car, police said.

One man displayed a weapon and ordered the manager back into the theater, police said.

The gunman and his accomplice ordered the manager, two employees and an associate into an office in the theater, where the manager was forced to open a safe, police said.

After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the robbers locked the victims inside a bathroom and fled, police said.

About 35 minutes later, the manager was able to free himself and call police, they said.

The gunman's description is incomplete, but his accomplice is described as a heavyset black male, 6 feet tall, between 25 and 30 years old, police said. He has short hair and was wearing a tan sweater.

POLICE

* Owen Brown: : 7000 block of Deepage Drive: Someone forced open a locker and stole a $150 men's black leather bomber jacket, a $40 men's watch, $40 in cash and a $5 lock Feb. 16.

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