Police charge youth in museum holdups


A 17-year-old male, who was in jail for a handgun violation, was charged yesterday with robbing the Babe Ruth Museum twice, police said.

Antonio Donald Smith, of the 500 block of S. Paca St. was charged with two counts of commercial armed robbery in connection with the holdups at the museum on June 4 and June 8.

He has not been charged in the June 12 robbery of the museum at 216 Emory St. in Ridgely's Delight. Police at the time said they believe the same two people committed each of the robberies, in which an undisclosed amount of money was taken from cashiers.

Police said Smith was arrested Sunday after an officer said he saw the youth with a silver handgun. They said he was charged with gun possession and was being held in lieu of bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Police said yesterday they interviewed the suspect and linked him to two of the robberies. They said they are looking for an accomplice and believe the three holdups are related.

Pub Date: 7/02/99

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