Police believe same man is responsible for 4 pizza parlor holdups in 2 weeks NORTH COUNTY--Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

August 06, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The same man may have robbed a Brooklyn Park pizza parlor four times in the last two weeks, county police said yesterday.

In each case, employees of Pepperoni Post, in the 5000 block of Ritchie Highway, were ordered to lie on the floor while the bandit plundered the cash register, then employees were herded into walk-in freezer.

Twice, the man brought an armed accomplice with him, police said, and twice, the man came alone -- one time unarmed.

Wednesday's holdup happened at about 10:15 p.m. as two employees were locking up for the night.

The frequency of the robberies is "totally mind-boggling," said Sgt. George Johnson, head of the robbery unit. "I've been here since 1989, and we have never had this many holdups at the same place in so short a period of time."

The sergeant would not say how much money was taken in each of the robberies. He said several employees have quit because of the incidents.

Extra patrols have been assigned to watch the shop, and Sergeant Johnson said his detectives are working on a composite sketch of the suspect.

"We are working on this," Sergeant Johnson said. "But we do not have anything of substance."

The first holdup occurred July 24, when two men, one with an automatic handgun, forced employees into the freezer about 11:20 p.m.

Five days later, a gunman walked into the shop about 9:30 p.m., took money from the cash register and again ordered the employees into the freezer.

Two men, one with a handgun, came on Aug. 1 to empty the register. They drove away in a yellow car.

The description of the suspect in the latest robbery matches that of one of the men who participated in each of the other holdups.

Police said he is a light-skinned, black male between 22 and 30 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He has a medium build, has big ears and a pencil-thin mustache. He was wearing a blue cap, white T-shirt with an emblem and dark shorts.

Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to call the criminal investigation division of the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 222-3465.

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