Manager injured in computer robbery at store

March 11, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Two men shoplifting computers Thursday from a Columbia store knocked down a manager who tried to stop them and fled with one of the items, Howard County police said.

The manager, Paul Joseph Burke, 39, of Mount Airy was not seriously injured in the strong-arm robbery in the 9000 block of Snowden River Parkway, police said.

About 7 p.m. Thursday, Mr. Burke saw two men leaving the BJ's Wholesale Club in Columbia's Owen Brown village without paying for two computers they were carrying. Mr. Burke confronted the men, struggled to get a computer from one man and was punched to the floor, police said.

The two men left one computer behind, ran from the store with a Packard Bell model and drove off the parking lot in a blue or green compact car -- possibly a Honda, police said.

One of the suspects was described as a black male, 20 to 25, and 6 feet 2 inches tall. He wore a dark baseball hat, a dark jacket, a striped shirt and black high-top tennis shoes, police said.

The other suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall black male, 25 to 30, wearing a black baseball hat, a dark jacket and blue jeans.

Pub Date: 3/11/96

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