Two men sought in Annapolis robbery, car theft

March 08, 1996

Police are looking for two men who robbed a 68-year-old Annapolis woman of her car and purse Wednesday, county police said.

Mary Helen Jewell of Riverview Manor told police she was unloading groceries from her blue 1992 Buick Roadmaster shortly after 9: 30 p.m. when a man armed with a 5-inch silver knife approached.

The man demanded her purse and then her keys, which Ms. Jewell dropped on the ground. The armed man and another man who was standing behind him grabbed the keys, jumped in the car and pulled away, police said.

After they backed out of the drive, a small car pulled up from the dead-end street. Ms. Jewell tried to flag down the small car, but it accelerated and followed the car thieves toward Ridgely Avenue, police said.

The armed assailant was described as a black male in his late teens, about 5-foot-3 inches tall, thin and wearing a dark stocking hat. Police did not have a description of the second man or the driver of the small car.

The stolen car has Maryland tag 940 ATX.

Annapolis couple arrested in home on drug charges

Police arrested an Annapolis couple in their home Wednesday and seized 63.7 grams of marijuana, $110 cash and drug paraphernalia.

Valentin Rocca and Laurie Ann Taylor, both 31, of the 100 block of Dock St. were charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Rocca, who was also charged with another count of drug possession, was released on his own recognizance yesterday. Ms. Taylor was being held in the county jail on $17,500 bond.

Police raided the house shortly before 9: 30 p.m. after an investigation into alleged drug activity. They found $630 worth of what later tested positive for marijuana, a scale, a pipe, rolling papers and the cash.

Baltimore man held in theft of computer from store

Police arrested a Baltimore man Wednesday on charges he stole a computer valued at nearly $2,200 earlier in the week, county police said.

Russell Lee Brooks, 38, of the 900 block of Parrish St. was charged with felony theft. He is being held at the county jail on $5,000 bond.

Michael Huber, a security guard for the Montgomery Ward store in Annapolis Mall, said he saw a man in the electronics department of the store shortly after 6: 30 p.m. Monday. The man took an Acer computer from a display and left the store, police reported.

The man returned two days later, and Mr. Huber lice, who said they found pawn receipts in his car.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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