Howard store robbed by man wearing wig Cross-dresser suspected in earlier robbery

November 24, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

A man wearing lipstick, a wig and a silk jacket stole an undisclosed amount of money Saturday night from the Fashion Bug in Ellicott City's Chatham Mall, Howard County police said.

Two men entered the store off U.S. 40 about 7: 40 p.m., police said. The man in the wig opened his brown leather purse, pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money from the clerk. A companion opened his overcoat, revealing a shotgun, police said.

The clerk gave the two men cash from the register, and they headed to the mall's parking lot.

Police suspect that the same cross-dresser robbed Sally's Beauty Supply in the 8600 block of Liberty Road about two hours earlier.

The cross-dressing robber fits the description of a man wanted in the robbery in October of Tower Federal Credit Union on

Snowden River Parkway. In that crime, Howard police said, a man wearing a wig, lipstick and a blue-and-white sweat suit was alone.

The man was described as black, in his late 20s to early 30s and weighing about 200 pounds.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

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