2 men sought in Route 1 robberies

December 22, 1993

Howard County police are looking for two gunmen suspected of a string of robberies along Route 1 in Jessup and Laurel.

The latest robbery occurred at 9:15 a.m. Monday when the gunmen approached a 42-year-old Laurel man who had pulled into a drive-through automated teller machine at Maryland National Bank in the 9800 block of Washington Blvd. in Laurel.

The robbers demanded cash from the man, who told them he had no money and was only depositing checks. The gunmen then struck the man in the face several times with the butts of their guns, forced him to withdraw money and took his wallet, which contained cash and credit cards, police said.

The robbers fled in what was described as a dark-colored Ford Bronco. The man refused medical treatment, police said.

The same robbers are suspected in a Dec. 12 robbery in the parking lot of the Burlington Coat Factory in the 7300 block of Assateague Drive in Jessup, and in a Dec. 13 holdup at Hall's Motel in the 9700 block of Washington Blvd. in Jessup.

Police describe the robbers as two black men, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with medium builds and complexions. During the robbers, they wore ski masks and carried handguns.

Celebrities invited for reading day

Laurel Woods Elementary School will sponsor a Celebrity Reading Day Jan. 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Invited guests include members of the Howard County Board of Education, central office personnel, former teachers and administrators and other members of the community.

The theme for the day is "Books that Change Our Lives." The aim of the program is to show the importance and joy of reading and how books have influenced and touched the lives of the guest readers.

POLICE LOG

* Laurel: 9200 block of Traders Crossing: A scanner and handgun were stolen between Dec. 13 and Dec. 18.

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