Harford sheriff seeks witness to store robbery Group suspected in string of thefts in Md., Pa., Va.

December 24, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The Harford County sheriff's office is looking for a man who may have witnessed one of a string of grocery store holdups in Harford, elsewhere in Maryland and in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Sheriff's officials said a man in a Chevrolet S-10 Blazer seen parked in lot near a Super Fresh store in Brunswick, Md., might have seen a robbery at that store Nov. 22, one of 13 in the region attributed to the same group.

Sgt. Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff, said there have been seven grocery store robberies in Harford County since January, the most recent at a Super Fresh Store in the 1400 block of Rock Spring Road near Bel Air.

On Sept. 21, he said, two men waited inside the store until it closed, handcuffed two employees and left them in the freezer before fleeing with money.

"They haven't hurt anybody yet," Hopkins said. "While they are threatening and have displayed handguns, they haven't been overly aggressive with anyone."

Hopkins said the robbers usually come to a store at closing time or hide until it closes.

Harford officials are working with the Brunswick police to find the cream-colored Blazer, with wood-grain sides, dark blue tags with two airbrushed hearts with names inside, and a child safety seat. The man in the vehicle was described as white, with short brown hair and wearing a brown suede jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-836-5432 or Crime Solvers at 410-877-7867.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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