Gunman gets into car, robs driver of cash

December 21, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A gunman got into a Baltimore man's car while he was at a Nursery Road gas station Thursday, ordered the man to drive off and robbed him of $100 and a pager, county police said.

Harold H. Grewe, 40, told police he was getting gas at an Amoco station in the 800 block of Nursery Road in Linthicum Heights just after 9 p.m. when a man got into his car, pulled out a gun and ordered him to drive away.

The man ordered Grewe into a nearby parking lot, where he took Grewe's pager and cash and fled on foot, police said.

Officers do not have a detailed description of the gunman.

County police arrested a man they say they saw trying to break into the Country Club Apartments rental office on Furnace Branch Road early Wednesday.

Lisa Caulfield, the apartment manager, called police shortly before 2 a.m. and said she saw a man tampering with the door of the rental office in the 7400 block of Furnace Branch Road, walk to another security door at a building in the 7500 block of Furnace Branch Road, break into that building, then return to the rental office door, police said.

When police arrived, they saw a man bent over at the rental office door, apparently concentrating on the lock, police said.

Officers Franklin Lawson and Leroy Coking followed the man when he walked away after a few minutes and arrested him, police said.

Before they were able to handcuff the man, he threw two objects to the ground. Police said the objects were lock-picking tools.

When the officers checked the rental office door, they found fresh scratches and a damaged lock, police said.

Richard Makofski, 43, of the 9400 block of N. Penfield Road in Columbia was charged with attempted burglary.

Thieves broke into a Ferndale liquor store and an automated teller machine on the side of the building early Thursday and stole an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

John Christopoulos, 36, owner of Christos Beer and Liquor in the 7100 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., told police he saw the ATM was damaged as he opened the store about 8: 30 a.m.

The culprits had ripped a panel for the ATM from the outside wall of the store and placed two cardboard boxes in the empty space. Inside, they had cut the wires to a motion detector and torn the alarm system control panel from the wall. They also had cut the telephone lines to the store inside and outside, police said.

They also opened the store cash register drawer and broke into the vault inside the ATM to take money, police said.

Police log

Glen Burnie: Someone stole the hood from a 1983 Ford Mustang overnight Wednesday while it was parked in the 8000 block of Donna Court in Village Square Apartments.

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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