2 customers tackle, hold man after robbery of clerk in store

December 27, 1996

Two customers of a Linthicum variety store tackled a Christmas Eve bandit after they realized he had no weapon and before he could get out of the store, county police said yesterday.

Police said a man walked into Bonnie Max Variety Store in the 500 block of Camp Meade Road about 4: 30 p.m., put his hand in his pocket to imply that he had a weapon and announced a robbery.

A clerk placed money from a register on the counter, and the man picked up the money, police said.

As he began to leave, an unidentified customer saw the man take the hand that would have been holding a weapon out of his pocket, police said.

The customer and his brother tackled the man and held him for police.

Charles G. Nestor, 26, who refused to give officers an address, was charged with armed robbery, police said.

Pub Date: 12/27/96

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