Catonsville man arrested in spree of store thefts

March 15, 1995|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County police today arrested a Catonsville man they suspect of robbing a Royal Farms convenience store five times.

Douglas M. Uhl, of the first block of Merrill Road, was being held at the Wilkens Precinct lockup pending a bail hearing in District Court.

Acting on a tip from city police, Officer Charles Massey and retired city police officer John Howe, a security officer for Royal Farms, staked out the store in the 4000 block of Wilkens Ave. last night.

When the suspect entered the store and approached the clerk, Officer Massey and Mr. Howe went in and tried to arrest him. A scuffle ensued and the suspect broke free, ran outside and drove away, nearly running over Cpl. Scott Huff, who just arrived and had to dive over his patrol car to prevent being hit.

Following a brief pursuit, the suspect was arrested at Benzinger and Arion Park roads in the city. Mr. Uhl was charged with attempted robbery in today's incident and faces other charges, including robbing the same store five times between February 3 and March 12 and resisting arrest.

He also faces auto theft charges because the car he was driving was stolen, police said.

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