Howard task force to combat robberies

April 01, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Howard County Police Department announced yesterday it has formed a task force to help combat an increasing number of commercial robberies this year.

From Jan. 1 to March 22, a total of 65 robberies were reported in the county, compared with 29 in the same period last year and 52 for the like period in 1997, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a county police spokesman.

Most robberies were committed with a semiautomatic handgun or by someone implying possession of a weapon, Carroll said.

"We feel that a number of these robberies are being committed" by a few individuals, Carroll said.

The task force will consist of four detectives and Sgt. Karen Shinham of community policing, who will lead the group.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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