Bail review set for four people charged in dry cleaner robbery

Police make arrests after worker follows car

February 08, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Bail will be reviewed today for two men and two women held at the Carroll County Detention Center on multiple charges in the robbery of a South Carroll dry cleaners, according to Maryland State Police at the Westminster barracks.

About 2 p.m. Wednesday, a man in a hooded sweat shirt pulled what appeared to be a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun from his waistband and demanded money from the owner of Enchanted Cleaners in the 1300 block of Londontown Blvd., Eldersburg, police said.

The man then pulled a blue bandanna over his face and fled, police said.

An employee, who had been at the back of the store, drove his car to the rear of the shopping center and saw the man get into a gold-colored 2002 Ford Taurus. The employee kept his distance as he followed the car south on Route 32, west on Route 26 and north on Route 97, using a cell phone to talk to his employer and police.

About 10 minutes after the robbery and five miles away, on Route 97 south of Route 32, troopers and Carroll County sheriff's deputies stopped a car and arrested four Baltimore residents, said state police Lt. Terry L. Katz.

The road was closed 35 minutes as police ordered the suspects out at gunpoint.

The four were charged early yesterday with 10 counts each, including armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, robbery, theft and five conspiracy charges.

After obtaining a search warrant for the car, police recovered $570 and three BB guns that looked like semiautomatic pistols, according to charging documents.

Those arrested are: Roderick Parham Burnett, 18, of the 1600 block of E. 25th St.; Tammy Lisa Brown, 27, of the 800 block of Cooks Lane; Danna Denise Brodie, 30, of the 4400 block of Old Frederick Road; and Keith Tyrone Crosby Jr., 16, of the 4500 block of Old Frederick Road.

Bail hearings are scheduled today in District Court. A District Court commissioner set bail at $50,000 for Burnett, and $20,000 for each of the other three defendants early yesterday, and ordered that they have no contact with the store owner if they are released.

An investigation is continuing, Katz said.

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