Two men sought in restaurant, theater robberies

March 12, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Howard County police are seeking the public's help in finding two men wanted in the armed robberies last month of a McDonald's restaurant in Kings Contrivance and the Columbia Palace 9 movie theater.

One man is described as a stocky black male, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with brown eyes and a medium complexion, police said.

The second man is described as a stocky black male, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown eyes and a light complexion.

Both are considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Police said the men approached the theater's manager at about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 21 as he warmed up his car in the parking lot of Palace 9, 8800 block of Centre Park Drive.

They forced him at gunpoint back into the theater, and ordered him to open an office safe and hand over an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The men then locked the manager and three other people in a bathroom before fleeing, police said.

The Feb. 16 robbery of the McDonald's in the 8600 block of Guilford Road in Kings Contrivance followed a similar pattern.

After entering the restaurant at about 11 p.m., the men forced the manager to open a safe and turn over an undisclosed amount of money.

Before fleeing, the men forced the manager and several other employees into a walk-in refrigerator, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect or suspects, police said.

Callers may remain anonymous, but must use the hot line number (276-8888) to qualify for the cash reward. Callers outside the Baltimore area can use a toll-free number, 1-800-281-6666.

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