Annapolis merchants warned after robbery

September 28, 1994

Annapolis police are warning downtown merchants to be cautious after a weekend robbery at Laurance Clothing.

According to police reports, a man in his early 20s walked into the men's apparel store at 232 Main St. about 3 p.m. Saturday, grabbed salesman Terry F. Drake by the throat and threatened to kill him if he made any noise.

The robber threw Mr. Drake on the ground, and tied and gagged him with neckties. The thief then stuffed a coat and watches into a bag and left. The merchandise taken was valued at $595, police said.

"We believe he was a professional," said Officer Shelley White, the Police Department's spokesman.

A shopper who walked into the store as the robber was leaving found Mr. Drake on the floor. He was unharmed.

Although shoplifting is common in the tourist district, crimes resembling the one at Laurance Clothing is unusual, Mr. White said.

Police visited more than 50 businesses in the city Monday to talk with employees on how to prevent thefts and robberies.

Motorist is charged with carrying dynamite

A Southern District officer who stopped a car Sunday night because the license number matched that of a car reported stolen arrested the driver for carrying half a stick of dynamite in the vehicle, county police said.

Officer Brett Blacker stopped the car at Route 214 and Ponder Drive around 9:30 p.m. The officer searched the car and found the dynamite on the floor, police said.

Leon Curtis, 23, of the 1200 block of Shesley Road in Edgewater was charged with possession and transportation of explosives and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said.

Astle campaign to hold hoedown as fund-raiser

A committee working to elect state Del. John C. Astle to the state Senate in District 30 is planning a hoedown Friday to raise money.

Mr. Astle, a Democrat, is running against Republican Mary Rose, clerk of the Circuit Court. The district includes Annapolis, Lower Broadneck and Edgewater.

Information: 263-3053 or 626-1747.

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