Gunmen hold up two pizza parlors

N. Laurel, Columbia stores are robbed on Super Bowl Sunday

February 05, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Gunmen held up two Howard County pizza parlors Super Bowl Sunday evening, traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for pizza sales.

Howard County police believe the two robberies could be connected, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

"Any time two robberies happen in the same time period and have similar circumstances, we investigate the possibility they are related," she said.

"But we're not confident enough to say for sure in this case," Llewellyn said.

The pizza parlors are less than 10 miles apart and were robbed within 90 minutes of each other, but there are differences between the two robberies.

A pair of thin men -- one 5 feet 8 inches and the other 6 feet tall -- wearing dark clothing entered Pizza Time in North Laurel about 8:30 p.m. and announced a robbery, police said. Each was armed with a handgun when they confronted the three employees at the business, police said.

The gunmen took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and robbed the employees of their personal cash and delivery money before fleeing, police said.

About 10 p.m., two men described as 5 feet 5 inches and 130 pounds robbed Pizza Boli's in Columbia, police said.

One man displayed a handgun while the other took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, police said. The men then ran out a side door toward Berger Road, police said.

An employee at Pizza Boli's said yesterday that the restaurant was probably about 30 percent busier than normal because of the Super Bowl.

Pizza Boli's was one of five pizza-parlor robberies last year. The restaurant was robbed in June, and no one has been arrested in that case, police said.

The Pizza Hut on Maier Road in North Laurel also was robbed in June. That crime is also unsolved, police said.

Before Sunday, the two most recent Howard pizza robberies occurred late in December.

An employee of the Pizza Hut on Route 108 in Clarksville was robbed as he was closing the restaurant Dec. 23, police said.

Although police consider that a street robbery rather than a commercial robbery, it occurred just outside the restaurant and money from the restaurant was taken.

Two people with their faces covered approached the employee, showed a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money that the worker was holding from the night's receipts.

Police recently arrested four people -- a 16-year-old, a 20-year-old and two 21-year-olds -- in that case.

Another pizza robbery occurred just before 10 p.m. Dec. 28 at Papa John's Pizza in the 6000 block of Marshalee Drive in Ellicott City.

Police said two men, one armed with a shotgun, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. No one has been arrested in that crime.

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