2 men sought for string of armed robberies

August 30, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police are looking for two men responsible for a string of armed robberies in the Catonsville area and Southwest Baltimore. The robbers brandished sawed-off shotguns and handguns and took jewelry and cash from their victims.

The six robberies occurred Friday and early Saturday within a few miles of each other, near Frederick Road in Baltimore County and the city.

In each incident, two gunmen approached their victims on the street and ordered them to lie down. They rifled pockets and purses and searched their victims for cash, jewelry, and other personal belongings before fleeing.

Police said none of the victims was physically harmed.

"There's definitely a connection," said Lt. Patrick Carlton of the county's Wilkens District.

The latest robbery occurred about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 5800 block of Marydell Road, where the gunmen stole a telephone beeper and cash from a male victim.

In some cases, the victims were robbed in groups. About 1:30 a.m. Saturday, seven people were accosted in the 300 block of Melvin Ave. in Catonsville.

The men approached the group from behind and ordered them to lie down.

They escaped with more than $760 in cash and jewelry, including a $250 gold watch and a $400 gold pendant with diamonds, police said.

Most of the victims were residents of Catonsville.

Police said descriptions varied slightly of the black gunmen -- most people saying they appeared no older than 25, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches, and 170 to 180 pounds.

One man was described in one case as wearing a black bandanna over his face, a red sweat shirt and striped shorts. The other was seen wearing a white shirt with purple striped sleeves. In one robbery, they were seen driving away in a blue Chevy full-sized van.

But with vague descriptions, Lieutenant Carlton said, "we don't even know what we're looking for. We're doing everything we can."

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