Eateries held up by presidential posers CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

August 31, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

County police are looking for two former U.S. presidents -- or their look-alikes -- who stuck up two Severna Park restaurants during the past month.

The Little Caesar's restaurant in the 400 block of Ritchie Highway was the scene of the latest robbery Sunday when a man wearing a suit and rubber Ronald Reagan mask walked in about 8:30 p.m. and vaulted the counter, police said.

He ordered the clerk to fill a blue nylon bag with cash, then pointed a blue-steel revolver at the assistant manager and told him to hang up the phone. He ordered the assistant manager to get money from the safe. But when the assistant manager said he did not have the key, the robber grabbed the blue bag and started for the door.

But as he was on his way out, he ran into a customer, threatened him with the gun, took his wallet and ordered everyone to lie face down on the floor, then escaped in a waiting dark hatchback car, police said.

But investigators don't know if the masked Ronald Reagan is the same man who robbed the same restaurant Sept. 12 wearing a Richard Nixon mask, said police spokesman Officer Terry Crowe.

And they also don't know if it's the same man who wore a Richard Nixon mask last Tuesday while robbing the Shangri-La restaurant in Park Plaza.

In that robbery, a man dressed in a suit and wearing the rubber mask demanded cash from the clerk about 6 p.m.

Investigators said it could be the same man or it could be two copycats. After all, it's not an original idea, they said. It's been done in the movies.

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