Police seek armed suspect in Glen Burnie Mall robbery

Second robbery in 4 years at nutrition store

March 02, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man who acted at first like a customer pulled a gun on a clerk in an armed robbery at a Glen Burnie Mall nutrition store, county police reported yesterday.

The robber, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, took $160 from the cash register at the General Nutrition Center Tuesday morning, said the store manager, Maritza Johnson.

Officer Charles R. Ravenell, a county police spokesman, said robberies at malls are relatively rare because it's more difficult to escape and there are more witnesses.

Johnson, who was not in the store when the holdup occurred, said it was the second robbery there in four years at the store. She also expressed concern about visibility.

"They can kill me and take my money and no one would see," Johnson said, explaining that posters partially block the view of the store's entrance.

No one was injured in the robbery, in which the clerk was ordered into the back stockroom at gunpoint.

The clerk told police the robber was white, in his late 30s to early 40s and about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a medium build, salt-and-pepper hair, goatee and mustache. He was wearing black sunglasses, a gray hooded sweat shirt, faded blue jeans, a blue baseball cap and a red undershirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police robbery unit at 410-222-3456 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

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