Elkridge man charged in pair of jewelry store robberies

June 28, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police arrested an Elkridge man Tuesday in connection with the robberies of two jewelry stores in Glen Burnie and in Baltimore County, county police said.

Roland Lenney Howard Jr., 37, of the 6600 block of Huntshire Drive was charged with armed robbery and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. He was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $40,000 bond.

He also is charged in Baltimore County on a warrant containing the same charges.

Police say a man who walked into Merksamer Jewelers in Marley Station mall about 9 p.m. May 30 armed with a handgun, ordered a clerk to hand over jewelry and ran through the mall with a bag full of jewelry.

On June 11, a man of similar description robbed a Zale's jewelry store in Security Square Mall. The man, dressed in a long sleeve brown shirt and brown pants, walked into the store about 9: 15 p.m. with another man and talked to a clerk, Baltimore County police said.

The man showed a clerk a ring and said he was looking for a matching one for his wife, police said. As the clerk began showing the man rings, he pulled out a blue steel revolver with a wooden handle from his waistband and pointed it at the clerk's head.

He demanded the clerk fill a bag with rings, and put the gun back in his waistband, police said. The clerk handed over 66 rings, together valued at $63,150, and the two men ran away, police said.

Officers from Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties teamed up to investigate the robberies because the descriptions of the clothing the bandit wore in both robberies closely matched.

Six days later, a man wearing a brown United Parcel Service shirt, blue jeans and a Yankees baseball cap was seen outside the Gordon's Jewelers in The Mall in Columbia. Mall security officers followed the man to his red Ford Escort and got a license tag number, which they turned over to Howard County police.

The car was listed to the suspect, police said.

Police got a picture of the suspect and placed it in a photo line-up, which they showed to clerks in both robberies.

The clerks identified the same man in the robberies, police said. They got a search warrant, searched Howard's home about 7 p.m. Tuesday. They did not find any jewelry, but they did find some clothing that could be used as evidence, the police report said.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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