Call it serendipity.
County police have identified and arrested a suspect in two armed robberies - thanks to a call from his girlfriend reporting her motorcycle stolen in their Glen Burnie neighborhood.
As Officer Steven Saffield took information about the property crime Wednesday evening, a man walked into the house whom Saffield believed fit the description of a robber in a holdup this week.
Arrested at the house in the 700 block of Hamlen Road was Richard Dean Bowen, 32. After he was detained, the victims of two armed robberies this week identified him as a suspect, authorities said yesterday.
Saffield had not worked directly on either of the robberies but was credited by the department yesterday for remembering the description.
Bowen was charged in the robbery of a Royal Farm convenience store in Ferndale about 1 a.m. Tuesday, where the clerk was ordered to fill a paper cup with money from the register.
According to police, the robber lifted his shirt to reveal a black handgun in his waistband and told the clerk, "Don't make me hurt you."
He also was charged in the robbery of a Domino's Pizza carryout in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie about 6 p.m. Sunday, in which a handgun was displayed to the manager.
Police reported a series of armed robberies in the county in the past few days, including a Papa John's pizza outlet Monday in the 800 block of Crain Highway, also in Glen Burnie.
Bowen was being held in lieu of $200,000 bond last night on robbery, assault and weapons charges, and an additional $2,500 bond on an unrelated warrant involving a theft charge, authorities said.