Man used syringe as threat in 4 Balto. County robberies

July 22, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A man who threatens store clerks with what appears to be a blood-filled syringe has robbed four Baltimore County businesses since the beginning of last month, county police said.

Yesterday, police released video surveillance tape taken during a robbery July 11 of a High's convenience store in the 4000 block of North Point Blvd. in North Point Village in hopes of learning the man's identity.

The crimes have been reported in the southeast and northeast areas of the county, police said, and generally have occurred late in the day. No one has been hurt in the robberies, according to police.

In each case, a man described as white, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 7 inches with a medium build and a mustache approached the counter as if he was going to make a purchase, police said. The man then pulled a syringe filled with a red liquid and threatened the clerk.

Once given cash, the robber put the money in a bag and left, police said.

Police believe the man also robbed a High's in the 2000 block of Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk on June 4, a Subway sandwich shop in the 8800 block of Waltham Woods Road in Carney on June 6 and the Turning Wheel bookstore in the 7900 block of Belair Road in Fullerton on June 9.

Although he is using a syringe instead of a gun, the man could be charged with "robbery with a deadly and dangerous weapon," said Bill Toohey, spokesman for the county police.

The choice of weapon was "unusual but not unheard of," Toohey said. In the past three years, several other robberies involved a syringe, he said, adding that specific statistics were not available yesterday.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Callers can remain anonymous, and those who call Metro Crime Stoppers might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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