2 men charged in robberies admit others

January 14, 2004|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

Two men arrested on armed robbery charges are believed to be responsible for 27 robberies since September in shopping malls and fast-food restaurants in the Baltimore area, authorities said yesterday.

Howard County police have linked the pair to the robberies of two Giant food markets and one KFC restaurant there. Police believe they were involved in seven more robberies in Baltimore.

Each has admitted involvement in other robberies in Baltimore and Howard counties, according to Baltimore County police.

According to police, one of the suspects confessed to robbing an Easy Spirit shoe store, a Wilson Leather, a Total Sports, a Finish Line and two Footlocker stores, a Pandora's Cube, a Game Stop video game store and a McDonald's. The other suspect confessed to robbing another Game Stop store, and both confessed to robbing two more Footlocker stores, an EB World, two Wendy's restaurants, a Taco Bell and another Game Stop store, police said.

Anthony Ricardo Bland, 36, of the 1500 block of Wadsworth Ave. in Baltimore was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of using a handgun in a crime of violence in the robberies of the Wilson Leather store in Towson and the Game Stop in Loch Raven, according to charging documents.

Michael Darrell Butler, 31, of the 2500 block of W. Fayette St. in Baltimore was also arrested Monday and charged with armed robbery and using a handgun in a crime of violence in the robbery of a Game Stop in Catonsville.

Baltimore County Police spokesman Bill Toohey said the suspects were identified after police released their pictures to the news media.

Bland was denied bail and was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Butler was being held at the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Center on a $500,000 bond.

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