Same bandit suspected in 2 gas station holdups

August 25, 1994

A man armed with a sawed-off shotgun who tried to rob a Crown gas station yesterday may be the same bandit who tried to rob a nearby gas station Friday, county police said.

The man went to the station in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. shortly after noon yesterday, stuck the shotgun in a small opening of the cashier's booth and demanded money. The clerk ran to the office and closed the door, foiling the gunman.

Officer Randy Bell, a police spokesman, said the description of the armed man partly matches that of a man who robbed another Crown station Friday morning.

In that incident, a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun went to the station in the 200 block of Aquahart Road about 11:30 a.m. and ordered the attendant to give him money. The attendant complied, and the gunman escaped by leaping over a fence that led to the Crain Court Apartments.

The gunman in yesterday's attempted robbery was described as a black male, about 30 years old, with a thin build. He was wearing a black shirt, black pants and a knit stocking cap. He was carrying a beige bag, said Officer Bell.

The suspect in Friday's robbery was described in part as a black male about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a dark emblem on the front, and a baseball cap. He had a light complexion. His shotgun was wrapped in burlap, a police report said.

Police arrest suspect in auto break-ins

County police arrested a man Monday morning in connection with break-ins involving three cars and a Jeep parked in the 8000 block of Green Orchard Road, police said.

Ronald Darnell Poole Jr., 20, of the 200 block of Charles Hall Drive, Millersville, was charged with theft over $300 and malicious destruction of property in the incident, police said.

He was released on his own recognizance, said an Annapolis District Court spokeswoman.

A witness called police shortly after 3 a.m. to report a man breaking into a 1989 Pontiac Firebird. The suspect was rummaging through the glove compartment when Eastern District Officer Anthony Tortorici arrived, police said.

Officer Tortorici arrested the man and subsequently learned that a Ford Bronco, a Jeep and a Honda also had been broken into.

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