Stolen phone credit card led to man's arrest in 4 robberies

Police say victim got bill with calls made by suspect

January 22, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

The illicit use of a telephone credit card led city police to a 31-year-old man charged last week in four Guilford-area robberies during the past two months, detectives said yesterday.

Roy Henderson Harrison III, who police believe is responsible for several other North Baltimore robberies during the past few months, was being held yesterday without bail at the city jail, authorities said.

Detectives Thomas Wolf and Myrna Sexton of the Northern District said they began focusing on Harrison soon after a 51-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Dec. 14 in the 500 block of E. 34th St.

The robber took the man's wallet, which contained a phone card, and punched the victim twice in the face before fleeing, police said.

Several days later, the victim received a phone bill that showed the robber had used the card to make calls to South Carolina. Sexton and Wolf said they called the South Carolina numbers and learned that Harrison had made the calls from Baltimore.

On Jan. 8, the victim picked Harrison out of a photo lineup and detectives obtained a warrant for Harrison's arrest, police said.

Even as police were searching for Harrison, two more people were robbed in Guilford, detectives said.

About 6 p.m. Jan. 11, a knife-wielding man robbed a 54-year-old woman as she was getting out of her car in the 3900 block of Juniper Road. The woman kicked the robber in the groin before he ran away, police said.

The next day, a robber yanked a purse from a 63-year-old woman as she was entering her home in the 3800 block of Juniper Road, detectives said.

Both victims - and another robbed Dec. 7 - picked Harrison out of photo line-ups. Detectives obtained three more warrants last week charging him in those robberies.

Police arrested Harrison, of no fixed address, on Wednesday and discovered a medallion in his jacket pocket that belonged to one of the victims, detectives said.

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