2 armed robberies probed in Oakland Mills village

March 06, 1995

Howard County police are investigating two armed robberies at the Oakland Mills Village Center in which masked men robbed citizens of cash and other belongings Friday morning.

No one was injured. Police believe the same two robbers are responsible for both incidents in the 9600 block of White Acre Road in Columbia.

The first robbery occurred about 5:40 a.m. Friday at the automated teller machine outside First National Bank. Two men -- one armed with a handgun with a long barrel -- forced a man using the machine to make two cash withdrawals, police said. The robbers took the victim's credit card, driver's license and bank card before fleeing, police said.

Police say that about 10 minutes later, at 5:50 a.m., two men approached another man as he walked home along a bike path behind the Royal Farm convenience store.

One robber placed a shotgun to the victim's head and demanded cash, police said.

The robbers took the victim's wallet, keys and cigarettes, police said.

Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-2220.

Gas station customer robbed at knifepoint

A man armed with a knife robbed a gas station customer when the victim returned from paying for his gas Friday morning in Columbia's Owen Brown village, Howard County police said.

According to police, the victim paid for gas at the Shell station in the 6400 block of Dobbin Road at 1 a.m. Friday.

When he walked back to the gas pump, a man with a knife surprised him, took his cash and fled, police said.

The robber was described as a slim black male about 6 feet 1 inch tall. He wore faded jeans, dirty white tennis shoes and had a gold tooth, police said.

Volunteers to conduct road speed studies

Volunteers from the Oakland Mills Traffic Action Committee and the village board will conduct speed studies for the Howard County Traffic Engineering Division, using a radar and speed display unit.

The unit will be operated along heavily traveled streets in Stevens Forest, primarily Stevens Forest, Kilimanjaro and Farewell roads.

The survey will be held for about two weeks, beginning in the middle of the month. Data will be used to evaluate traffic, not for enforcement purposes. Information: 730-4610.

POLICE LOG

* Oakland Mills: 9400 block of Kilimanjaro Road: Someone broke into a home and stole a purse Thursday, police said.

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