Man with knife robs clerk, gas station

July 30, 1996

A man armed with a knife grabbed an Odenton gas station clerk Sunday, robbed him of his money and then robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

The clerk, who was not identified, told police he was standing in front of the Hess gas station in the 1500 block of Annapolis Road shortly before 11 a.m. when he was approached from behind by a man he had seen earlier waiting around the station.

The man put a knife to the clerk's back, put him in a choke hold and demanded money, police said.

After the clerk gave him money from his pocket, the robber ordered the clerk into the office and demanded more money, police said. The clerk emptied the cash drawer, and the thief fled west on Annapolis Road, police said.

MTA bus division honors Odenton employee

Harold Stemple of Odenton has received the Award of Excellence given by the Mass Transit Administration's Eastern Bus Division. The award is part of the agency's annual Employee Recognition and Awards Program. Stemple started working for the bus company 30 years ago as a cleaner and is now a repairman. He came to the area from West Virginia as a teen-ager, lived in Pasadena for many years and moved to Odenton five years ago.

Police log

Severn: Someone pried open two kitchen windows at a house in the 1200 block of Richfield Drive over the weekend to steal pagers, cellular telephones, and compact discs worth more than $4,500.

Pub Date: 7/30/96

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