Hampstead market robbed of $4,500 NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

July 23, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed the Weis Market in the Roberts Field Shopping Center in Hampstead Wednesday night and escaped with about $4,500 in cash.

Nobody was injured in the holdup, which took place about 8:25 p.m., said Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell.

Chief Russell said the robbers went to the manager's office at the front of the store and ordered the staff inside to lie down and not look at the robbers' faces.

"It was done quietly and coolly," the chief said.

"It was done so quietly that even these customers we had spoken to didn't even know that a holdup was going on," he said.

Some of the store's cashiers also were unaware of what was happening.

Hampstead police were still looking for two suspects yesterday, he said.

One is described as a black male in his 30s, of medium build, with dark skin and a mustache. He was wearing a gray suit and a round, black fur hat, and carrying a brown briefcase. He carried a handgun, believed to be either a .357- or .44-caliber revolver, police said.

The second suspect is described as a black male about 40 years old, of medium build, with dark skin. He wore dark pants and a white T-shirt, and carried a blue duffel bag.

Chief Russell said the last armed robbery in Hampstead was a 1991 holdup at the Farmers & Merchants Bank.

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