Two masked men who robbed a Wendy's restaurant in Crofton on Friday may be two of the three bandits who have robbed three other fast-food outlets in Anne Arundel and Howard counties in the last month, area police said.
They also are believed to have robbed a Wendy's in Prince George's County in July, police said.
In each of the robberies, the bandits struck at closing time and locked employees in the freezer. They wore dark ski masks or camouflage bandannas, camouflage fatigues and black or brown driving gloves and wielded either a silver semiautomatic pistol or a black Glock 9 mm handgun.
"It's been going on throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area," said Sgt. Norman Milligan, who heads the robbery unit for Anne Arundel County police. He said detectives have connected the men to at least three Wendy's robberies in Arundel. He said they may have robbed at least seven more fast-food restaurants in other jurisdictions.
Howard and Prince George's counties could confirm only one robbery each.
On Friday, two bandits wearing ski masks and camouflage fatigues grabbed employees of the Wendy's in the 1000 block of Route 3 north in Crofton shortly after 2 a.m. as they were leaving the store and forced them back inside, Anne Arundel police said.
The men, one of whom was armed, forced employees to open and empty a safe, herded them into a walk-in freezer and ran to a getaway vehicle, police said.
Police believe the bandits are the same ones who began a crime spree four months ago in Prince George's County.
There, three men grabbed four employees of a Wendy's in the 8200 block of Landover Road just before 4 a.m. July 11 and locked three of them in a bathroom while they robbed the store.
The robbers took the keys to the manager's 1996 Dodge Neon, locked her in the restroom and fled in her car.
Police found the car later that night on Muncey Road near Muncey Court, in Landover, police said.
Three men of similar descriptions robbed a Wendy's in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena on Oct. 28 and locked employees in the freezer.
Two days later, three bandits hit a Wendy's in the 9100 block of Route 108 in Columbia and locked employees in a freezer.
Two of the thieves returned to Anne Arundel on Nov. 5 and robbed a Wendy's in the 700 block of Nursery Road in Linthicum. They locked employees in a walk-in refrigerator.
Prince George's and Howard county police said they have no leads in the robberies, and while Anne Arundel police say they are working on the cases, they also say no arrests are imminent.
Police describe the robbers as black men in their early 20s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing between 150 and 175 pounds.
Police have gotten descriptions of vehicles the robbers have used, but discovered later that they were stolen, police said.
Officers are asking residents to report suspicious vehicles.
Pub Date: 11/17/96