Man charged in 5 Baltimore County robberies

Tip leads to arrest of 41-year-old also suspected in two city crimes

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February 09, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com Staff | Baltimoresun.com Staff,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM

Baltimore County police today announced the arrest of a 41-year-old man suspected in seven area robberies after receiving a tip from a woman from the Riderwood/Ruxton area.

Kenneth Harry Hood of the 200 block of Stanmore Road was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged in the following Baltimore County robberies:

Kabloom Florist, 716 Dulaney Valley Road, Sunday; Cockeysville Country Store, 10862-A York Road, Jan. 30; Mt. Washington Cleaners, 7617 Bellona Ave., Jan. 28; Wilmington Country Store, 7625 Bellona Ave., Jan. 25; and Royal Farm Store, 1630 W. Joppa Road, Jan 23.

Hood is also suspected in the robberies of a bakery and a tanning salon in Baltimore City, police said.

According to authorities, on Jan. 21, the tipster noticed a man sitting in the parking lot of the Royal Farm Store in the 1600 block of W. Joppa Road. She wrote down a description of his car and its tag number and contacted police after receiving an e-mail from a local community group about recent robberies in the area.

The suspect in those cases, a white man in his 30s, matched the description of the man in the parking lot.

Police linked the car to Hood and had his home under surveillance Sunday afternoon when they received a call about the armed robbery at the florist shop in Dulaney Plaza Shopping Center. The alleged robber fit the description of Hood, who returned to his home minutes later to find police waiting for him.

Police said Hood tried to drive away as the officers approached, but he was stopped when he hit another car. Hood is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail, according to police.

Originally published February 7, 2005, 3:49 PM EST

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