Man throws a ceramic-potted plant through glass door, robs woman, 81

July 30, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

A man stole jewelry from an Ellicott City woman Saturday after throwing a potted plant through a sliding glass door to get inside the apartment, police said.

The robber approached a ground-floor sliding glass door at the cottage of an 81-year-old woman on the 600 block of Cattail Court in the Heartlands retirement community, said Sgt. Steven Keller of the Howard County Police Department.

He asked her to open it. When she refused, the man threw a large ceramic-potted plant through the glass. He then took two jewelry boxes with an undetermined amount of jewelry inside and left the apartment, Keller said.

Police describe the man as a 35- to 40-year-old black male with a medium complexion, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

This robbery is the latest in a string of seven involving elderly victims in Ellicott City, including a July 12 incident at Heartlands in which a resident was robbed in the parking lot at 3004 N. Ridge Road.

On Friday, police arrested 21-year-old Shawn Dameyon Chambers of the 7900 block of Jody Knolls Road in connection with another of the seven incidents, the July 24 robbery of a 91-year-old Ellicott City woman. Chambers was in jail at the time of the latest robbery, so police are looking for a different suspect, Keller said.

"This was different in that it was a burglary -- he took things but didn't assault the victim," Keller said. "We have to see if someone else was involved."

Keller said police have increased car and bike patrols in the area. Police also had a meeting with Heartland residents before incident Saturday.

Curtis Grothmann, executive director of the Heartlands, said the community has increased security. "We working rapidly to handle the situation," he said. We're trying to lay [residents'] concerns to rest."

Pub Date: 7/30/96

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