1 man might be responsible for holdups at two stores

March 21, 1996

A man who robbed a High's convenience store in Finksburg on Tuesday may be the same gunman who robbed a Hampstead convenience store last week, state police said yesterday.

Investigators described the man as white, about 25, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds and sporting a three-day growth of beard.

He was wearing a tan parka with a fur hood and bluejeans.

In the Finksburg incident at 10: 45 p.m. in the 3900 block of Sykesville Road, the robber laid a blue-steel, semiautomatic pistol on the counter and demanded money after asking to buy a pack of cigarettes.

The man fled with about $100 and a pack of cigarettes.

The incident in Hampstead occurred at 12: 10 a.m. March 12 at the Jiffy Mart in the 1100 block of S. Main St.

Town police said the bandit's description was strikingly similar to that of the robber in Tuesday's robbery in Finksburg.

They said the man displayed a blue-steel pistol and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police

Westminster: A Charles Street resident told city police Tuesday that someone damaged her car while it was parked near her home between 7 p.m. Monday and 9: 15 a.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $450.

Westminster: A South Court Street resident told city police Tuesday that someone damaged the fence at the rear of her property between 7 a.m. and 6: 15 p.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $40.

Westminster: An employee of a gas and convenience store on East Main Street told city police Tuesday that someone drove away without paying $34.34 for gasoline.

Fire

Smallwood: Gamber units responded at 4: 11 p.m. Tuesday for downed wires in the 2700 block of Sykesville Road. Units were out 21 minutes.

Westminster: Westminster units responded at 4: 37 p.m. Tuesday for downed wires at Old Westminster Pike and Route 97. Units were out 18 minutes.

Westminster: Westminster and Reese units responded at 4: 41 p.m. for a fire alarm in the 200 block of Malcolm Drive. Units were out six minutes.

Westminster: Westminster and Reese units responded at 4: 41 p.m. Tuesday for a fire alarm on Monroe Street. Units were out 21 minutes.

Westminster: Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester units responded at 5: 55 p.m. Tuesday for an apartment fire in the first block of Locust St. Units were out 27 minutes, and Reese transferred an engine to Westminster.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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