Fourth home in a month is robbed at gunpoint

November 08, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Two gunmen forced their way into a Crofton home early Wednesday to rob a family of five. It was the fourth time in a month county residents had been robbed in their homes, county police said.

Police said the robberies were not connected, but were at a loss to explain the rash of what they call home invasion robberies.

The method is "extremely rare," said Sgt. Norman Milligan supervisor of the police robbery unit. He warned residents to be extremely careful about whom they open their doors to because "there's more tendency for violence" in home invasion robberies.

In the Crofton robbery, the gunmen broke into a house in Crofton Highlands about 4: 30 a.m., rounded up three children at gunpoint and forced them into the master bedroom with their mother and father and took a jewelry box, two wallets and an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The bandits left through the front door, flattening the tires on the family vehicles as they departed, police said. The family estimated their loss at $10,000.

Last Friday, three men, one of them posing as a deliveryman, forced their way into a Linthicum house, bound a woman, her mother and grandchild and held them at gunpoint while they took jewelry and a safe, then fled in a small white car.

Police do not have a detailed description of the thieves.

Last month, a gunman broke into a Glen Burnie apartment to steal money and jewelry, and two other gunmen entered a home in St. Margarets the same weekend in an unsuccessful robbery attempt.

About 9: 30 p.m. Oct. 11, two armed men broke into a home in the 1700 block of Meadow Hill Drive in St. Margarets and held an Arnold woman and an Annapolis man at gunpoint, police said.

Christopher J. Duncin, 27, wrestled with one of the men, and the man's weapon, which appeared to be a shotgun, discharged with the sound of a cap gun. The robbers left empty-handed, police said.

Police did not have a complete description of either bandit.

Early Oct. 13, a man forced his way into an apartment on Secluded Post Circle in Glen Burnie, drew a handgun and ordered resident Donald L. Green and several friends to the floor. The gunman demanded money and jewelry and took a necklace and a wallet from two people, police said.

He struck two people in the backs of their heads with his gun before fleeing, police said.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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