Gunman robs Giant store in Columbia

February 09, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

Giant Food in Dorsey's Search was robbed Sunday night at gunpoint by a man who returned after making a purchase, Howard County police said.

Police said a customer entered the supermarket on Dorsey Hall Drive shortly before 11 p.m. and bought several items, including duct tape.

Five minutes after leaving, he returned, telling employees he left something behind. He then produced a semiautomatic handgun and the duct tape he had purchased.

"He told the male employee to duct-tape the two female employees," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, Howard County police spokesman.

The man then ordered the male employee to give him money from the safe, and tied him with duct tape, police said.

Carroll said the robber walked away with "several thousand dollars," although he would not specify an amount.

No one was injured, police said.

Giant officials said they are investigating their safety measures and have taken precautions since the robbery.

"We have increased security at the store; that is standard procedure," said Barry F. Scher, a Giant spokesman. "We are re-examining our procedures today."

The incident marked the second robbery in less than a month of a Giant store in Columbia. The store in Wilde Lake Shopping Center was robbed Jan. 12 by two men armed with a shotgun and an assault rifle.

Carroll said police do not believe the two incidents are related.

Pub Date: 2/09/99

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