Police urge caution after armed robberies

2 of 3 incidents may have been committed by same couple, authorities say

February 14, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

In the wake of recent armed robberies in Carroll, state police in Westminster are cautioning convenience store and gas station clerks to beware of suspicious activity.

"If someone is acting suspiciously, clerks should call police right away," said Sgt. Nick Plazio, of the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police.

Two of three robberies in Carroll County within the last week may be related, Plazio said, and may be linked to similar robberies in Baltimore County.

"Clerks should especially watch for a man acting alone or with a female accomplice during the late-evening or early-morning hours," Plazio said. "The suspect may ask for a product to distract the clerk and then rob them."

In the most recent incident, police said, a man entered the Mobil station in the 1400 block of Liberty Road in Eldersburg at 3: 46 a.m. Friday.

He asked for help, saying his wife's car had broken down. He then said he had a weapon, demanded money, and fled with an undisclosed amount.

The robber was described as white, about 30, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 190 pounds with a dirty-blond, flattop hairstyle. He may have driven a green Geo Metro.

On Tuesday police said a couple entered the Tevco convenience store on Route 140 in Finksburg at 3 a.m.

The man demanded money, brandishing a screwdriver, and the woman helped clean out the register before they fled.

Police believe the same couple robbed the Hampstead Crown station at 9: 30 p.m. Feb. 6. The man held a knife to a clerk's back and took money, while the woman stole cartons of cigarettes.

No one was injured in the robberies, police said.

Details on recent incidents in Baltimore County were not immediately available.

Pub Date: 2/14/99

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