Masked bandit hits again Past presidents chosen as disguises

September 01, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

Someone in Anne Arundel County is robbing fast food shops and giving two former Republican presidents very bad reputations.

According to county police, suspects on separate occasions have committed armed robberies while wearing rubber masks of the likenesses of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a man armed with a blue steel revolver and wearing a dark suit jacket, dark pants and a rubber pull-over Ronald Reagan mask robbed a Little Caesar's shop in the 400 block of Ritchie Highway of an undisclosed sum of money.

The phony president also robbed a customer of his wallet before fleeing on foot.

Last night around 8:10 p.m., a gunman wearing a Richard Nixon mask entered the Subway carryout at the Arnold Station Shopping Center at Ritchie Highway and Arnold Road and jumped over the counter.

The man then ordered the clerk to open the cash register.

When the clerk complied, the masked presidential imposter grabbed the cash drawer containing an undisclosed sum of money and ran out the door to an awaiting 1987 Volkswagen convertible with Maryland tags ZIA753 and driven by a woman.

The pair escaped, headed west on Severn Way.

No injuries were reported in either robbery.

County police are hoping the imposters stop with the Nixon mask and don't continue and include masks dating all the way back to Dwight David Eisenhower and Abraham Lincoln.

One officer feared that masks of Democratic presidents, present and former, may pick up where the Republican masks have left off.

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