Woman charged in Hampstead convenience store holdup

February 09, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A Hanover, Pa., woman has been charged in a Hampstead convenience store holdup in which the robber apologized to the clerk before demanding money, police said.

The suspect, Marlene Ann Chenowick, 35, was arrested within minutes of the robbery about 1:30 a.m. Monday at the Shell Jiffy Mart, police reported. She was held in the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Hampstead Police Chief Ken Russell said a woman walked into the store and immediately went to the counter saying, "I'm sorry, but I have to rob you. Give me all the money."

The woman clerk removed the cash drawer from the register and passed it across the counter to the robber, who was standing with her right hand in her coat pocket as though she was holding a gun.

Chief Russell said the robber looked in the drawer and said, "Is that all you have?"

When she was told of additional money under the counter, the robber ordered the clerk to remove the bills from the drawer and put all the cash in a plastic bag.

"I have two men waiting outside in a car for me, so don't try to zTC follow," the robber said, according to documents filed in District Court in Westminster.

Police said the clerk sounded the holdup alarm and looked through the window, but did not see any vehicle go north on Route 30 and assumed the woman escaped toward the Reisterstown area.

Officers who responded to the call notified Baltimore County Police of the robbery and gave them a description of the robber.

About 1:45 a.m., a Baltimore County police officer saw an automobile with one headlight speeding on Interstate 795 near Franklin Boulevard, about 12 miles south of Hampstead, and stopped the vehicle.

The officer, who had heard the broadcast of the robbery and the description of the woman, said the driver matched the information on the police broadcast and called for assistance from state and Hampstead police.

Penn Township police in Hanover, Pa., said a woman about 5 feet tall, 120 pounds, with shoulder-length curly reddish brown hair robbed the convenience market at the Exxon station in the 1300 block of Baltimore St. there about 1:53 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities said the description of that woman matched Ms. Chenowick. Hanover police went to the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday to question the woman about the Pennsylvania robbery.

Additional charges filed against Ms. Chenowick in the Hampstead robbery include assault and theft, police said.

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