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NORTH COUNTY --

May 26, 1993

Army to use Westinghouse mail sorter

A mixed-mail sorter developed at Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group in Linthicum should help speed mail to Army personnel at hundreds of locations worldwide.

The system, known as SUREpost, will be installed in September at the Army's St. Louis Publications Distribution Center, which distributes thousands of documents daily.

The sorter should enable the Army to spend less money getting information to people faster, said Paul Gallacci, civilian manager of the St. Louis center's packaging section.

The sorting system is designed to handle a peak of 10,000 mail pieces per hour, everything from postcards to inch-thick catalogs.

The Westinghouse group entered the mail- and package-sorting business in 1989 and has since won about $150 million in contracts.

Man who said he had AIDS robs salesclerk

A man who said he had AIDS robbed a Brooklyn Park gift store Monday morning, county police reported.

The man walked into Connie's Gift Box in the first block of Hammonds Lane and took out a syringe at 10:55 a.m. He told the clerk he would stab him if he did not give him the money, police said.

The clerk gave the man $26 and the robber walked out the door. He was last seen walking north behind Southview Shopping Center.

Police described the robber as a black man, 6-feet-1 inch tall, 140 pounds and in his mid-30s. He was wearing a black coat and a black shirt.

Man robs Shell Mini Mart in Brooklyn Park

A Brooklyn Park convenience store was robbed early yesterday by a man who tried to buy a pack of gum, county police reported.

Investigators said the man walked into the Shell Mini Mart in the 400 block of Camp Meade Road at 2:35 a.m. and brought a pack of gum to the counter. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man reached in, grabbed a handful of cash and fled.

POLICE LOG

* Brooklyn Park: Burglars smashed the front window of Bill's Barber Shop in the 600 block of Church St. Friday night and took a television set. The property was valued at $200.

* Brooklyn Park: A resident of the 5400 block of Park Road reported to police that someone broke into the shed in his back yard and took lawn equipment. The value of the property was not known.

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