Manager thwarts robbery

September 12, 1996

A would-be robber thanked the manager of an Odenton auto parts store for saving his life Tuesday after the manager challenged the gunman when he tried to rob the store, county police said yesterday.

Police said the man walked into Hi Gear Auto in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road just before 9 p.m., looked around the store for a few minutes then approached the manager and pulled a handgun and demanded money. But the manager said, "You'll have to shoot me to get the money."

The man put down his gun and said, "Thanks. You probably saved my life," police said. He shook hands with the manager and walked out of the store.

Police did not have a detailed description of the man.

Crofton pizza parlor robbed by gunman

A man armed with a handgun robbed a Crofton pizza parlor Tuesday of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

The man walked into the Little Caesar's Pizza in the 1100 block of Route 3 North shortly before 8: 30 p.m. drew a black, semi-automatic gun and announced a robbery, police said.

The gunman ordered one of the employees to empty a cash register and the employee complied. After he took the money, the man ordered the manager and both employees to lie on the floor as he ran away, police said.

The gunman was described as black, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 220 and 240 pounds. He had close-cut hair, a goatee and a mustache, and was wearing a blue Fila T-shirt and dark sweat pants.

Business mixer benefits needy county students

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Business Connection Mixer from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the model homes in Russett on Bayou Bend Boulevard.

Attendees are asked to bring school supplies such as notebook paper, pencils, rulers or crayons to the mixer to help needy students. The mixer will feature tours of model homes by Patriot Homes and Richmond American Homes, and home improvement businesses will have displays.

The cost is $8 for chamber members and $10 for non-members.

To make reservations by Sept. 24, call 672-3422.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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