Pair held in robberies at convenience stores

March 02, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

State police have arrested a 17-year-old girl and her 23-year-old boyfriend, charging the Westminster couple in a string of recent convenience store holdups in Carroll.

State police have charged Jefferson Johnson of the 300 block of Stacy Lee Drive with robbing the Exxon convenience store at Route 140 and Sullivan Road of $550 Feb. 17 and $317 Feb. 22.

Mr. Johnson also is accused of robbing the Shell Jiffy Mart at Route 140 and Sullivan Road of $286 Feb. 18.

Police also arrested and charged Mary Chider, of the same address.

Mr. Johnson was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center last night on a $202,000 bond and Ms. Chider was being detained on $100,000 bond.

Both face charges of armed robbery, theft, use of a handgun in commission of a felony and assault and conspiracy, according to court documents.

Baltimore County police also are questioning the pair in three similar robberies there, police said.

Investigators said they got a break in the case Friday night when Tfc. Matt Jones spotted a 1985 Buick speeding on Route 140 near the Westminster state police barracks.

The trooper stopped the car on Route 140 near Reese Road, but the driver ran away.

Police said one of several passengers in the car identified the driver as Mr. Johnson.

State police said the description of the driver matched that of a man wanted in three recent robberies.

State police said they arrested the couple around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday after police surrounded the 1985 Buick when the driver stopped the vehicle at a traffic light on Route 140 and Center Street.

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