Armed robbers hold up store, make off with company's van


November 03, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan and Jennifer Langston | TaNoah Morgan and Jennifer Langston,SUN STAFF

Three men, one of them armed, tied up two employees of a Rent-way store in the 7500 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie Thursday and made off with cash, jewelry and merchandise in a company van, county police said.

A Rentway employee, whom police did not identify, was loading the van about 4: 40 p.m. when someone put a gun to his back and ordered him to drop the stereo he was loading, police said. The robber put a pillowcase over the employee's head, forced him into the store's restroom and bound his hands with duct tape.

Another man approached a female employee inside, threw a pillowcase over her head, forced her to the back of the store and taped her to a chair, police said.

The robbers smashed a glass display case, took jewelry and several videotapes and an undetermined amount of money from the cash drawer, left through the back door and took a white, 1996 Isuzu Rentway van with Maryland license tags 38E 232.

Ferndale youth charged in two purse-snatchings

County police arrested a 17-year-old Ferndale youth Thursday on two counts of robbery, assault and theft in connection with two purse snatchings in the past two weeks.

On Oct. 19, two youths grabbed a purse from a woman in the 100 block of Chalmers Ave. in Glen Burnie. On Oct. 22, three juveniles pulled a purse off the arm of another woman as she entered a store in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway, police said.

Both purses were recovered, minus cash, several blocks from the robbery sites, police said.

Man tear-gassed, robbed by youths in Glen Burnie

A Baltimore man was sprayed with tear gas and robbed by four youths Wednesday as he left a Glen Burnie grocery store, county police said.

Ibrahim Alrefaei, 35, told police he was walking from Giant in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway about 11: 30 p.m. when four youths approached and asked the time.

As Alrefaei looked at his watch, one youth knocked him to the ground and sprayed his eyes and mouth with tear gas, police said. The youths demanded money, and Alrefaei gave them his wallet and cash from his pocket, police said.

Police log

Pasadena: Someone stole a $1,500 Kawasaki dirt bike from the fenced yard of a home in the 8800 block of Fort Smallwood Road between 2: 30 a.m. and 4: 30 a.m. Tuesday.

Hanover: Someone pried open a vent window of a freight truck that had been loaded with cargo at HBI Freight and Messenger Service in the 2600 block of Cabover Drive between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday and stole 11 IBM Aptiva personal computers and a book of tunnel toll tickets, valued together at $22,000.

Glen Burnie: Someone broke into a 1985 Chevrolet Camaro parked overnight Tuesday in the 400 block of Glen Mar Road and stole a stereo system, five compact discs and a 35 mm camera, together valued at $440.

Severn: Someone kicked open the door to a home in the 8200 block of Riviera Drive between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday and stole two camcorders, a telescope, three credit cards, and a phone.

Severn: Someone broke the driver's window of a 1995 Honda Civic that was parked in the 7800 block of Myers Drive between midnight Oct. 27 and 7 a.m. Monday and stole $2,000 in stereo equipment and cash.

Severna Park: Someone pried open the front door of a Subway restaurant in the 500 block of Benfield Road shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday and stole $400 from a hidden cash box.

Marley Heights: Someone entered at least 10 unlocked vehicles that were parked on streets in Marley Heights overnight Monday and stole a cellular phone and cash.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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