Robber holds up 7-Eleven twice in a single day Second time, 4 bystanders chase, then shoot at thief

August 29, 1996|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF

It was not a bright idea, police said. The same robber, stealing twice from the same Northeast Baltimore convenience store, on the very same day.

But police have charged David Bright, 28, of no known address with robbing the 7-Eleven at 2910 Harford Road twice Tuesday. And officers say his arrest and booking yesterday may be the least of his pains.

"I've seen them come back to do the same crime, but never on the same day," said Sgt. Frank Wagner of the Northeastern District. "Nobody ever said he was brilliant."

At 12: 20 a.m., a man arrived at the 7-Eleven, police said. He wore tennis shoes, black shorts, a camouflage hat and a red T-shirt with "USA" in white letters. He displayed a blue-steel revolver, and employees gave him an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register, police said.

The robber returned at 10 p.m., wearing essentially the same outfit, they said. "He had turned his shirt inside out," Wagner said. "But you could still see 'USA,' in reverse, on the tape."

This time, however, the robber was unhappy with his $60 take. So he fired a shot with his blue-steel handgun at the 7-Eleven clerk -- missing her but hitting two antifreeze containers, police said. Then he fled.

Four men -- "local upstanding citizens," joked a police official -- were waiting outside the door. Police who watched a tape of the robbery initially thought they were lookouts.

But the men -- police don't know who they are -- had other designs. They chased the robber, and at least one of the four drew a gun and shot at him. A bullet struck him in the buttocks.

Northeastern District police arrived at the 7-Eleven within a few minutes but couldn't find the robber. They ordered a check of hospitals. At Sinai, Northern District officers found a man with a -- similar bullet wound -- Bright.

He was treated and released, and was at the Central Booking and Intake Center yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate whether Bright may be a suspect in other holdups.

Late yesterday, officers charged him with a robbery at 3: 30 a.m. Tuesday at a 7-Eleven at 25th Street and Kirk Avenue.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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