Man charged in robberies at city Royal Farms stores

Anonymous tip identified suspect, detectives say

October 04, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 39-year-old Southeast Baltimore man was arrested and charged yesterday in four robberies of Royal Farms convenience stores, including one robbed twice, in Baltimore during the last two weeks, police said.

Donald H. Glass of the 100 block of Highland Ave. was being processed yesterday at the Central Booking and Intake Center on armed robbery charges. Police say Glass was robbing the stores to feed a drug habit.

The robberies started Sept. 25, police say, when a man wearing sunglasses walked into the Royal Farms store in the 3700 block of Fleet St. He had a hand under his shirt, implied he had a weapon and demanded cash, police said.

The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he fled, police said.

About three hours later, the robber struck at the Royal Farms store in the 2000 block of Fleet St.

That same morning a Royal Farms store in the 900 block of Dundalk Ave. in Baltimore County was robbed. No charges have been filed in that robbery, police said.

The robberies had stymied police until Detective Barry Hamilton received a tip from an anonymous source who said Glass was committing the robberies, according to Detective Phil K. Lassahn.

Detectives in the Southeastern District's robbery squad were preparing photo line-ups to show clerks when two more Royal Farms robberies occurred early yesterday, Lassahn said.

At 12:10 a.m., a man parked a green pickup truck in front of a Royal Farms store in the 4800 block of O'Donnell St. and robbed the clerk, Lassahn said. The man drove away and, several hours later, robbed the Royal Farms in the 3700 block of Fleet St., Lassahn said.

Two police sergeants on patrol spotted the green pickup truck soon after and briefly chased it, police said. The truck crashed into a fence in the 1400 block of Haven St., police said. Glass was arrested at the scene.

Glass told Detectives Randy Wynn and Lassahn that he was involved in the four city robberies and targeted Royal Farms stores because he thought he knew how to defeat their security systems, Lassahn said.

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