Masked man is arrested, charged in motel robbery

February 08, 1994

Howard County police arrested a man wearing a ski mask at an automated teller machine Saturday night in connection with an earlier robbery at a Jessup motel.

In the 9 p.m. robbery, two men knocked on the door of a room at the Red Roof Inn in the 8000 block of Washington Blvd., police said. When a man inside responded, two men forced their way past him.

Once inside, intruders tied up the man and stole his credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The victim eventually freed himself and reported the robbery.

A short time after the robbers fled his room, a patrol officer in the area saw a man wearing a ski mask trying to use an automated teller machine.

The officer approached and found that the man wearing the ski mask had credit cards that were stolen.

The officer arrested and charged John Easter Moore, 26, who's stationed in the Army at Fort Meade, with armed robbery, police said.

He was being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Sgt. Steven E. Keller, a county police spokesman, said the man may have worn the ski mask because the ATM was monitored by a video camera.

The second robber, described only as a black male, remains at large, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Jessup: 8100 block of Stayton Drive: An unknown person stole 10 tires, valued at $3,000, and 10 tractor rims, valued at $4,000, from a tractor-trailer between 7 p.m. Jan. 21 and 6:50 p.m. Friday.

* North Laurel: North Laurel and Washington Boulevard: An unknown person knocked a passenger side-view mirror off a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

9000 block of Whiskey Bottom Road: An unknown person used a sharp object and scratched a 1992 Mitsubishi 3000, from the passenger's side front fender to the gas tank, between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

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