A Montgomery County man who is under arrest in Anne Arundel on armed robbery charges also is a suspect in two Carroll holdups, police say.
Larry J. Bobbs, 47, of Germantown, has spent more than 10 years in prison for armed robberies, Anne Arundel County Detective Sgt. George Johnson said yesterday.
Bobbs is being held on $100,000 bond in the robbery of a shoe store in Anne Arundel County last Friday.
He also is a suspect in the armed robbery of the Jo-Ann Fabrics store in the Westminster Shopping Center Dec. 21 and a similar holdup of the Piece Goods Shop in the Crossroads Square Shopping Center in Westminster Jan. 17.
In each of the Carroll robberies, the suspect acted alone and threatened the victims with a handgun, Sergeant Johnson said.
Bobbs is being held at the Anne Arundel Detention Center and is being questioned in connection with about 25 holdups in three states, he said.
Bobbs is suspected of having at least two accomplices who bound their victims with duct tape before fleeing in five robberies in Pennsylvania.
He also is suspected of several robberies in Virginia.
Barry Sease, the chief of police in Cumberland Township, Pa., said Bobbs has been charged there with the Feb. 13 robbery of a Fashion Bug shop in Gettysburg, Pa.
Sergeant Johnson said Bobbs was arrested in Anne Arundel after Officer Kenneth Unitas saw four men getting into a red car on a shopping center parking lot and took the license number while he was responding to a holdup alarm at the shoe store.
Sergeant Johnson said a check of the license number led to Bobbs' arrest and the recovery of several items that linked him to the robbery.
State police Tfc. Douglas Wehland said yesterday he plans to question Bobbs next week about the Carroll County robberies.