Man charged with attempted robbery

March 26, 1996

County police arrested a 26-year-old man yesterday on charges of trying to rob a 7-Eleven in Glen Burnie.

Steven Barry Johnson, of no fixed address, was charged with attempted robbery and assault and battery.

Police said a man walked into the 7-Eleven in the 7700 block of Quarterfield Road shortly after 2 a.m., made several small purchases and waited for customers to leave.

When everyone else had left, the man walked behind the counter, put his forearm to the clerk's throat, and said: "Don't say anything. This is a robbery," according to police.

Clerk Gary McClary pushed him away and said, "You better not," police said. The man ran out of the store empty-handed.

Police found a man fitting the suspect's description shortly afterward on Crain Highway near Mayo Road, police said. The clerk identified the man, and police arrested him.

Gunman under stairwell robs apartment resident

A Glen Burnie woman was robbed of $13 Saturday by a gunman who was hiding beneath a stairwell in her apartment building, county police said.

Betty M. Kemp, 49, told police she was walking to her building around 9: 30 p.m. when a man with a handgun emerged from behind a stairwell and pointed the weapon at her.

The man demanded money, and after Ms. Kemp gave him $13, he ran though the complex, police said.

Man charged in break-in at Glen Burnie liquor store

County police arrested a man Friday on charges of breaking into a Glen Burnie liquor store and stealing property, county police said.

William Jeffrey Ward, 36, of no fixed address, was charged with burglary, theft, and destruction of property.

Police said a man climbed onto the roof of 5th Avenue Liquors in the 500 block of Crain Highway shortly after 2: 30 a.m., broke through the roof, stole property and left through the front door. Police did not say what property was taken.

As he left the store, an alarm sounded.

Two taxi drivers saw the man and gave a description to police. An officer found a man fitting that description walking along Crain Highway near Route 648, police said.

The witnesses identified the man, and police arrested him.

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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