Man suspected in five gas station holdups Police say robber may be using disguises

December 15, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

He may sometimes look like Clark Kent, but Anne Arundel police say he has nothing in common with Superman.

Superman fought villains, but this well-dressed man, dubbed the "Clark Kent Bandit," by police, is suspected of committing five gas station robberies in Glen Burnie, Pasadena and Brooklyn Park over three days last week.

Police say he may be using disguises -- including one of Clark Kent -- to confuse police. But the bandit's disguise may lead to his downfall, according to county police spokesman Officer Vaughn Dykes.

"It's really unusual to have a suspect look like a movie star," Dykes said. "That should help people to help the police department identify him."

Police have released a picture of the suspect walking into Ed's Food Mart, the convenience store of a Shell gas station in the 100 block of Mountain Road about 6: 30 p.m. Wednesday, just before it was robbed. The man is slim, about 6 feet tall, in his 30s and wearing a suit and glasses.

That was the only time the thief wore a suit, but police say a man of the same approximate height, weight and age robbed four other stations using similar weapons and methods. In each of the robberies, the bandit fled on foot.

Three times, the man used excuses to get clerks out from behind their counters, and three times he used a chrome or silver-colored handgun.

Police believe the man may be changing clothes between robberies and wearing wigs.

The robberies began about 3: 30 a.m. Tuesday when a mustachioed man wearing a dark baseball cap walked into an Exxon station in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, lured a clerk from behind the counter and drew a knife.

The bandit forced the clerk back to the register, took an undisclosed amount of money and ran away, police said.

About 11 p.m. that night, a man wearing a brown leather jacket, blue jeans, a baseball cap and short sandy blond hair robbed an Amoco gas station in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena using a black automatic handgun.

A man robbed a Crown station in the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park of cash and cigarettes with a silver handgun shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday. The robber was wearing a bandanna. About 10 minutes later, a man with a chrome-colored automatic handgun entered a convenience store at an Amoco station in the 7400 block of Fort Smallwood Road and demanded money.. The gunman had a reddish mustache and was wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled tightly around his face, black pants, brown work boots and dark brown cloth gloves.

Anyone with information should call police at 222-6820.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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