Police believe they have solved at least five armed robberies with the arrest of a Severn man who was charged in two robberies and identified as the prime suspect in three others.
Kevin Stanley Jones, 24, of the 900 block of Beech Tree Road was charged Thursday with two counts of armed robbery, one against a Glen Burnie restaurant and one against a person in Severn.
Detectives are investigating as many as six other armed robberies in which they believe Jones was involved, county police said.
Police said Jones has been identified by witnesses in four armed robberies as the man who posed as a customer or job seeker at businesses in the northern and western parts of the county, lulled employees into a false sense of security just before closing time, then announced a robbery.
A string of commercial robberies began Sept. 5 when a man asked for a job application at Boston Market in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, shortly before the restaurant's 10 p.m. closing time.
The man talked to employees, then went to the bathroom and returned moments later saying something was wrong with the toilet. When an employee went to check, the man pulled out a gun and ordered the employee to take him to the manager. The gunman ordered employees to the floor before he forced the manager to give him cash from the registers and the store safe, police said.
Police said the same method was used in the Sept. 10 robbery of Little Caesars Pizza in the 1100 block of Route 3 north in Crofton, the Sept. 13 robbery of the Glen Burnie Shell gas station in the 7400 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., and the Sept. 13 robbery of Eccentrics Hair Salon in the 1300 block of Dorsey Road in Hanover.
Because he usually spent a half hour or more in the stores before announcing a robbery, victims were able to give police complete descriptions of the bandit and identify him in photo lineups.
Police, who feared the man was getting more aggressive, also recognized him as the man wanted for a July armed robbery of a person in Severn.
Pub Date: 9/24/96