Second suspect in 'polite robber' case arrested

March 27, 1997|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

A second man suspected of robbing eight homes in affluent Montgomery County neighborhoods over the past two months was arrested yesterday in Washington.

The encounters with the robbers were so cordial that their victims dubbed them the "polite robbers."

District of Columbia police arrested David Timothy Edwards, 20, about 11 a.m. at his home in northwest Washington. In a warrant issued by Montgomery police, Edwards was charged with felony theft for allegedly breaking into a county police car on Feb. 21 in Damascus and stealing several items, including a handgun, a bulletproof vest and a police badge.

On Tuesday, county police arrested Charles Francis Watkins, 23, of Silver Spring, and charged him in connection with the police car break-in.

Police said they have evidence linking the two men to the string of residential robberies that began Jan. 25 and expect to file armed robbery charges soon.

On Tuesday, officers were responding to a burglary call in Potomac when they passed a Nissan Pathfinder going in the opposite direction without its lights on. After a short chase, the truck crashed into a tree and the two men inside fled. Watkins was arrested a short time later, and a man who police believe was Edwards escaped.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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