Gunman commits sixth robbery since December

January 04, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

For the sixth time since early December, a robber approached a store clerk in Howard County, handed over a threatening note, lifted up his jacket -- revealing a black handgun -- and demanded money, police said.

At 1: 50 p.m. Friday, a man waited in line behind several other customers before approaching a cashier at the Super Fresh at Elkridge Corner Shopping Center on Montgomery Road, police said.

The robber then handed over a note and demanded money, police said.

L The clerk immediately gave the robber cash and the man fled.

Police would not reveal what that note said, but in several of the other robberies the piece of paper read: "One wrong move and you're dead." Police believe the gunman is responsible for several robberies in Baltimore County and at least five others in Howard County since Dec. 8.

The Howard County robberies occurred at the Elkridge Super Fresh on Dec. 8, Dec. 20 and Friday; the Ellicott City Safeway on Dec. 26; and at Toys R Us at Columbia Crossing Shopping Center and the Columbia Flower Mart in Columbia Mall, both on Dec. 11.

Unlike the recent robbery of the Ellicott City Safeway, video cameras at the Super Fresh were working Friday and captured the man on film, police said.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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