Two teens charged in Columbia holdup


Howard County police have arrested two Columbia boys and charged them as adults with armed robbery and assault in the holdup of a Columbia convenience store May 10.

Police said the teen-agers entered High's in the 5200 block of Phelps Luck Drive about 10 p.m. and confronted clerks behind the counter.

One of the boys had a rifle and demanded cash; the victims handed over money but were not able to open a safe in the back of the store, police said.

The robbers then fled, stealing phone calling cards and cigarettes, police said.

After developing leads, police searched the homes of two Columbia juveniles and seized a pump-action pellet gun they believe was used in the crime, authorities said.

Police also confiscated cigarettes, calling cards and money, authorities said.

The boys, ages 17 and 16, were arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault and felony theft.

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