2 robberies in Columbia are similar

March 12, 1996|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

Because of erroneous information provided by the Howard County Police Department, an article in Tuesday's Howard County edition of The Sun reported incorrectly that a High's store in the 7500 block of Murray Hill Road was robbed during the weekend. In fact, only the High's store in the 6800 block of Cradlerock Way was robbed.

The Sun regrets the error.

Howard County police officials did not speculate yesterday as to whether weekend robberies of two Columbia convenience stores were committed by the same man, although the descriptions of the suspects and robbery methods are almost identical.

On Saturday, a man entered a High's store in the 6800 block of Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown village about 9: 30 p.m. and pointed a gun at a clerk. The gunman ordered a second employee to lie face down, then ordered the clerk to get money from the cash register and safe.


Witnesses described the man as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, about 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He was clean-shaven, with a slim build and wore something made of black knit over his mouth.

On Sunday, about 1: 40 a.m., a man entered the High's store in the 7500 block of Murray Hill Road in Kings Contrivance village. He displayed a handgun and ordered one employee to lay face down, then ordered a second to empty the cash register and safe, police said.

The thief was described as a black male, 18- to 24 years old, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He wore something dark over his mouth.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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