Teen-ager pleads guilty to bowling alley holdup WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

August 25, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 17-year-old Glen Burnie youth learned two lessons in March.

First, never hold up a business near a police station.

Second, never hold up a business near a police station just as a fresh shift of officers is arriving for work.

Jimmy Almongori of the 8000 block of Greenleaf Terrace, who was charged as an adult, faces five years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to armed robbery for holding up the Greenway Bowling Alley in the 8200 block of Telegraph Road in Odenton.

Almongori went into the bowling alley about 11 p.m. March 16, threatened a cashier with a handgun and took $3,800 in cash, according to court records.

As Almongori was pulling out of the parking lot, Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone said, dozens of police officers were arriving for work at the Western District police station, one block away. One of them, Sgt. Greg Eshelman, saw Almongori's blue Toyota speed off, moving erratically on Mayfield Road, Mr. Paone said.

When the call reporting the robbery and describing the car was broadcast a minute later, Sergeant Eshelman and numerous other officers gave chase. Almongori was arrested a few minutes later on Route 175 at Reese Road by Officer Michelle Mangold. She noted in her statement of charges that she and other officers "were only five seconds from the area."

Almongori also pleaded guilty to use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, which carries a mandatory five-year prison term.

Mr. Paone said yesterday that he will recommend Almongori be given five years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 22.

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