Laurel, county officers join for purse-snatching arrest

November 08, 1996

County police teamed with two Laurel police officers Wednesday to arrest two Crofton men suspected of stealing a woman's purse.

Mark Akers, 21, of the 2000 block of Happy Lane and Ernest Clifton Huff Jr., 21, of the 1600 block of New Windsor Court were both charged with robbery, theft and second-degree assault.

B. Ireen Torrance told police she was walking toward Shoppers Food Warehouse in the 3400 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road shortly before 3 p.m. when one of two men near the store snatched her purse.

Both men fled across the road, police said.

Two Laurel officers nearby chased and caught the men and held them for county police.

Man working near store assaulted, robbed of pager

A Millersville man was assaulted and robbed of his pager Wednesday as he worked in front of the Crofton Giant Food store.

Andrew Jacks, 19, told police he was working in the 1100 block of Route 3 about 10: 30 p.m. when a youth asked for money.

Jacks told the youth he didn't have any money, but the youth continued to ask, pushed him and tried to put his hands in Jacks' pockets, police said.

The youth grabbed Jacks' pager and ran to a nearby red Ford Escort with two youths inside, police said. The car sped off on Route 424, police said.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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