Store robbery may be connected to 6 other holdups

January 04, 1995|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

Howard County police say two men they are seeking in the armed robbery of a Columbia convenience store Monday night may be the same pair suspected in six similar holdups in December.

No one was injured when masked robbers entered the High's store in the Village of Wilde Lank, vaulted over the counter and waived a handgun at a clerk shortly after 9 p.m. Monday.

Police said one of the men ordered the clerk into a back office and under a desk while the other took cash from a lottery register.

The men tore a phone cord from the wall before fleeing.

Police say robbers in the six other cases often did the same thing before leaving the scene.

Monday's robbers were described as black males, both about 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing dark three-quarter coats and dark ski masks. One was armed with a nickel-plated semi-automatic handgun, police said.

Police still are investigating the six armed robberies of county businesses that occurred every other night between Dec. 7 and Dec. 13:

* At 7:15 p.m. Dec. 7, two men dressed in stocking caps and armed with semiautomatics took $295 from employees at the Red Roof Inn in the 8000 block of Washington Blvd.

* About an hour later, the men held up a Texaco gas station in the 10900 block of Johns Hopkins Road in Scaggsville.

* On Dec. 9, the men robbed a McDonald's restaurant on Pocomoke Avenue in Jessup, striking a customer who tried to run, police said.

* On Dec. 11, one of the men returned to the McDonald's and took cash after making the manager open a safe.

* On Dec. 13, the China Dragon restaurant in Jessup was robbed shortly after 8 p.m.

* About two hours later, the Mobil gas station in Columbia's Kings Contrivance village was robbed.

Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-2220 or the Metro Crime Stoppers hot line at 276-8888 to qualify for a reward.

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