Man clears a store's shelf of non-prescription drugs

September 01, 1994

A man walked into a Brooklyn Park convenience store Tuesday afternoon, swept more than $200 worth of non-prescription drugs from a shelf into his pants and fled as a clerk watched, county police said yesterday.

The clerk told police that the man walked into the 7-Eleven in the 4000 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 5 p.m., wandered around the store for a few minutes, then walked over to shelf where medicines are kept. He reached out and swept 10 boxes, mostly of Tylenol, Nuprin and Motrin into his pants.

The clerk said the man ran north on Ritchie Highway.

The man was described as a white male, 25 to 30 years old and about 5 feet 4 inches tall. He weighs 170 to 180 pounds and has long, dirty-blond hair. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a blue and white striped polo shirt and dark blue sweat pants, police said.

2 men charged after gun found in auto

County police arrested two Baltimore men Tuesday afternoon after they found a 9mm handgun and four rounds of ammunition in their car on the lot of a Giant Food store in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway, officials said.

George Kevin Mitchell, 38, of the 3500 block of Springdale Ave. and Edwin Benjamin Taylor, 25, of the 2500 block of Edgecomb Circle were charged with possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle, said police spokesman Officer Randy Bell.

An employee of Giant had called police about 3:30 p.m. to report that two men were arguing with another Giant employee outside of the store, police said.

One witness told an officer who arrived a few minutes later that one of the men had a handgun stuck in the front of his pants.

The employee was pulled into the store by another employee, and the men got into a car and drove to the east end of the parking lot, where an officer stopped them, police said.

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