Gunman robs gasoline station in Eldersburg

Clerk is locked in closet before holdup man flees


A gunman robbed an Eldersburg gasoline station early Friday and locked the clerk in a closet, where he was discovered by an off-duty police officer, Maryland State Police at Westminster said.

The robber entered the Crown station at Routes 26 and 32 at 1:10 a.m. and pointed a black pistol, ordering the employee to open the register and step back, police said. An undetermined amount of cash was taken, police said.

The robber fled after locking the clerk, a 25-year-old Sykesville man whom police would not further identify, in a rear closet.

About 20 minutes later, an off-duty Baltimore County detective came inside to pay for gasoline and heard the clerk banging on the door. State police were called.

The clerk told police the robber was black, 5 foot 8, weighed 175 pounds and had short hair. He was wearing a maroon hooded sweat shirt, jeans and tan work boots, and drove a white Ford Ranger pickup truck, police were told.

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