Man arrested in robbery of store

December 17, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

County police arrested a Glen Burnie man early Sunday on charges of robbing a Foot Locker store in the Glen Burnie Mall.

Charles Bradley Sommerville, 33, of the 7800 block of Woodside Terrace was charged with armed assault and robbery, first-degree assault and felony theft. He was arrested in the parking lot of Price Club Plaza shopping center in the 500 block of Ordnance Road, about a half-mile from the mall, four hours later.

Police said a man walked into the Foot Locker store just before 10 p.m. Saturday, priced a pair of shoes and left. A few minutes later, a second man walked in and asked for help with a shoe purchase, then left, police said.

A few minutes later, the first man came back as the clerk walked to the front to close the store's mall entrance. The man pulled out a handgun and ordered the clerk and a customer to walk to the register, police said.

The man demanded money and ordered the clerk to place the cash into a store bag along with a pair of shoes, police said. Meanwhile, the second man who earlier had posed as a customer acted as a lookout, police said.

The gunman ordered the clerk and customer into a back room, and he was seen placing a second pair of shoes into a separate store bag before leaving, police said.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, Officers Paul Conner and David Frendlich saw a car parked in the Price Club lot with three men inside. One of the men wore the Dallas Cowboys baseball cap, brown leather coat and jeans that the gunman wore during the robbery, police said. The man also had a black BB gun in his waistband, police said.

Police arrested the man, who later was identified by the clerk. The other two men who were in the car were questioned and released, police said. Officers did not find any stolen money.

Four businesses broken into in Glen Burnie, Linthicum

County police are investigating four break-ins at businesses in Glen Burnie and Linthicum over the weekend in which the burglar or burglars threw rocks through glass windows to get in.

A cash drawer was stolen in one of the incidents, but nothing was found missing in the others, police said.

The break-ins, which police believe may be related, occurred on Friday at Sun Wolff Tanning in the 500 block of Camp Meade Road in Linthicum and at the Hair Cuttery in a suite in the same complex; on Saturday at Pizza Choice in the 7100 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie and Flowers Extraordinaire in the 7000 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., also in Glen Burnie.

Pub Date: 12/17/96

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