2 masked men rob Dunkin Donuts in Crofton

October 30, 1998

Two masked men robbed a Dunkin Donuts in Crofton at gunpoint late Wednesday, county police said.

The robbers entered the store about midnight through a rear door that had been left open by mistake, said Kirit Patel, who owns the franchise in the 1200 block of Route 3.

The men demanded to see the manager, but Harshad Patel, a brother-in-law of the owner, told them the manager does not work nights. One of the assailants punched Harshad Patel four or five times in the face, then led him to the front of the store and ordered him to open the cash register, county police said.

The robber scooped about $400 out of the cash drawer while his partner held a black semiautomatic handgun on three employees in the back of the store, said Kirit Patel, who also owns a Dunkin Donuts in Landover.

The second robber checked the pants pockets of the employees, but none of them was carrying money.

Police described one robber as a black male, 6 feet tall, wearing tTC a black mask, black T-shirt and blue jeans and the other as a black male, 5 feet tall, with a very thin build and wearing a black shirt, black pants and a black ski mask.

The robbers left in a four-door dark blue car, believed to be a Honda or Hyundai.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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