Couple kidnapped, robbed at gunpoint

September 26, 1995

An elderly Lawndale Road couple were released unharmed Saturday afternoon after being kidnapped and robbed outside the Finksburg post office.

State police said the 79-year-old man was forced to drive about 200 yards with a gun to the back of his head.

Officers said Robert H. Spangenberger drove to the post office, in the 2900 block of Dede Road just off Route 140, and went inside, leaving his wife Agnes R. Spangenberger, 77, in the rear seat of their vehicle.

Police said that when Mr. Spangenberger returned to his car, two men, one armed with a handgun, forced their way into the vehicle. One of the men sat in the rear seat behind the driver and held a blue steel revolver to the back of his head, issued a threat to kill him and demanded all of the money he had just withdrawn from the bank. Officers theorize that the men thought the one-story brick building was a bank and not the post office.

After Mr. Spangenberger turned over an undisclosed amount of money to the robbers, he was forced to drive to a nearby health club, where the men fled.

State police searched the area without success. They described the robbers as black males between the ages of 25 and 33. Both were described as between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 to 180 pounds.

One man had short black hair and was wearing a blue baseball cap, a light-gray sweat shirt and dark pants. The second man also had short black hair and was wearing a black shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 876-8989.

Hanover man killed when car runs off road

A 39-year-old Hanover, Pa., man was killed when the auto he was driving at a high rate of speed ran off Route 97 and struck a pole, three trees and a fence about 1 a.m. Sunday. Raymond Lee Hill Sr. was pronounced dead at the scene of the early morning accident, according to state police.

Officers said the man was driving north in the 3000 block of Littlestown Pike when the 1987 Toyota Corolla crossed the center line and went off the left side of Route 97. They said the vehicle began sliding sideways and hit a road sign, a tree, a utility pole, another tree, a fence and a third tree.

Police said the auto also crossed two driveways and came to rest facing south after skidding across the lawns of three houses. No one else was injured in the crash.


Westminster: A resident of East Main Street reported to city police that someone damaged her Chevrolet Geo Tracker by cutting the plastic window while the vehicle was parked near her house on Thursday. The damage was estimated at $300.

Westminster: A resident of Linwood told city police that someone pried open the door of his Jeep and stole the stereo system while the vehicle was parked on Manchester Avenue on Thursday. He was unable to estimate the damage and value of the theft.

Westminster: A resident of Webster Avenue reported to city police that someone shattered the rear window of her car while the vehicle was parked near her house on Sept. 19. She estimated the damage at $150.

Westminster: An employee of White's Bicycle Shop on West Main Street told city police that someone broke the front show window last Tuesday. The damage was estimated at $300.


Westminster: Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded to a report of smoke in the walls at West Middle School on Monroe Street at 3:25 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 33 minutes.

Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded for a fire alarm sounding in the 2800 block of Woodward Road at 6:46 a.m. Monday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

Westminster: Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded to a report of a fire alarm sounding in a building on West Main Street at 3:50 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 26 minutes.

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