Team of robbers hits 8 stores along East Monument Street

January 20, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Baltimore police are warning businesses along the East Monument Street corridor that a team of robbers has robbed eight stores along the strip, and is becoming more brazen in its attacks.

In the most recent robbery, on Jan. 11, one of the robbers fired two shots from a .45 caliber handgun at a grocery store owner who followed them out the door, police said. The owner wasn't injured.

"The owner was unarmed and they still fired two shots at him. That scared me because if they keep this up, we're going to have a homicide," said Detective Paul Oros of the robbery unit. "I'd like to nail these guys before they do any more damage."

The robbery involving the shooting occurred at Hye's Groceries in the 2800 block of E. Monument St., police said.

A videotape made by a store surveillance camera shows two men entering the business and "casing" the store. One of the men put on a black ski mask, leaned over the counter with a gun, and said, "I don't want to have to shoot you. Give me the cash. You can keep the change."

After being given money, the two men walked out the door. The store owner, who was hiding during the robbery, followed the men outside, and the masked man fired two shots at him, police said.

The same men -- who may be operating with a third man who poses as a customer before the holdup -- are believed to have committed seven other robberies on East Monument Street.

Anyone with any information about the robbers is asked to call Detective Oros at 396-2636 or Detective William Berends at 396-2433.

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