Masked intruders tie up two Similarities seen to earlier robbery BALTIMORE COUNTY

July 28, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Three masked men dressed in black and carrying handguns charged into a Pikesville-area home Monday night, tied up the residents and stole cash and money -- a robbery very similar to another in the same area on July 1, Baltimore County police said.

"There are enough similarities between the two robberies that we're taking a very strong, close look at whether they're related," said E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman. "I'd say it's probable they were."

The latest robbery occurred about 10 p.m. Monday at a house in the first block of Whisperwood Court. The men apparently gained entry through an unlocked front door, Mr. Miller said.

Once inside, the men rushed into an upstairs bedroom and tied up the homeowners, Morris Berman, 55, and his wife, Leslie G. Berman, 52, police said.

The three intruders all spoke with Caribbean accents, the victims told police, and asked for money and jewelry.

They ransacked a bedroom looking for valuables and took rings, earrings, a watch and cash from the house, police said.

The robbers left the house after about 10 minutes, taking Mrs. Berman's pink 1990 Mercury Sable automobile that was parked in the driveway, police said.

The car with Maryland vanity license plate LES was still missing last night.

The couple's son, who was not in the house at the time of the robbery, told police that he had noticed a dark-colored Honda parked in the area earlier in the evening. But police said it was unclear whether that vehicle may have been driven by the robbers.

Police said the robbery appears similar to a July 1 robbery in which three men dressed in black charged into a home in the first block of Springbriar Lane and tied up 84-year-old Lee J. Etelson and his wife, Estelle P. Etelson, 78.

The Etelson home is roughly a quarter-mile from the Berman home, on the eastern side of Greenspring Avenue.

Both residences are within minutes of the Beltway's Greenspring Avenue exit.

"For whatever reason, they targeted these particular homes," Mr. Miller said.

In the Etelson robbery, the men entered the home between 10 and 10:30 p.m. through a garage door that led into a den, police said.

Each man brandished a handgun and wore a black mask, black gloves and black clothing, police reported.

They took jewelry and cash before fleeing, police said.

Baltimore County police report that so far this year there have been 13 home-invasion robberies -- in which robbers barge into homes and threaten occupants.

There were a total of 23 such cases in 1992, 18 in 1991 and 28 in 1990, police said.

Anyone with information about either of the recent robberies is asked to call county police at 887-2198.

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