Suspect charged in `syringe' robbery

County police say weapon may be link to other cases

August 10, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man accused of using a syringe to rob a sandwich shop in Carney has been arrested, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Dana Anthony Molinaro, 39, of the 2400 block of Fairway in Dundalk was arrested last week and charged with one count of armed robbery, police said.

Police said Molinaro wielded a syringe that appeared to be filled with blood during the June 6 robbery of a Subway restaurant in the 8800 block of Waltham Woods Road in Carney.

Detectives are investigating other robberies of area businesses this summer in which a syringe was used, police said.

Last month, police released a 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. The man on the tape used a syringe containing a red liquid to threaten the clerk.

At the time they released that tape, police said they believed the same man also had robbed a High's in the 2000 block of Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk on June 4, the Turning Wheel bookstore in the 7900 block of Belair Road in Fullerton on June 9 and the Carney Subway restaurant, using a syringe in each of the robberies.

Molinaro was identified as a suspect in the June 6 robbery through an anonymous tip to detectives, police said. He was arrested without incident Thursday in the 7900 block of Eastern Blvd., police said.

He was being held without bail yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

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