'Polite' robber steals from supermarket

August 26, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

It was the sawed-off shotgun that frightened grocery clerk Audrey Kirby, but it was the robber's polite demeanor that quickly put her at ease.

"He was very polite. I didn't get the impression I was in any harm," said Ms. Kirby. "He didn't raise his voice or anything. He was very calm."

No one was injured in the hold-up yesterday morning at the Boulevard Supermarket in the 8200 block of Washington Blvd., said county police spokesman Sgt. Steve Keller.

According to police, the incident began at about 11 a.m., when a man with a dark mask entered the store, ordered the clerk to the floor and demanded cash.

"He darted through the front door, put the gun in the air and cocked it," Ms. Kirby said. "He had me get on the floor and put the gun to the back of my head. He told me to relax and that they were only interested in the money. He said it would be over shortly."

Ms. Kirby said she was lying on the floor behind the counter when two customers entered the store. The armed man ordered them to the floor, and called in a second suspect, who was just outside, she said.

One of the patrons got on the floor, she said. But the other customer initially ignored the man's order and kept walking to the rear of the store, Ms. Kirby said.

"I guess the one guy didn't take him seriously, because he kept walking back to the soda area," Ms. Kirby said. "[The robber] kept saying, 'Sir, sir, come back and lay on the floor, please.' "

Eventually the customer complied and the two robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before fleeing, police said.

Late yesterday afternoon, Howard County police were looking for a light blue Ford Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar used as a getaway vehicle, Sergeant Keller said.

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