Howard Digest

HOWARD DIGEST

July 06, 2005

Two teenagers face charges related to theft of automobile

Two teenagers are facing charges, police say, after they were caught at an Elkridge motel Sunday night with a 2002 Buick stolen at gunpoint from a 77-year-old woman standing in her driveway.

Howard County police said the events began unfolding about 9 p.m. Sunday night when the Elkridge woman, whom police declined to identify, was approached by a young man wielding a gun and demanding her keys. She gave them up, and the robber drove off in the car.

Police Officer Chris Williams found the Buick LeSabre a short time later parked at the Executive Motel, in the 6200 block Washington Blvd., and watched as a female removed items from the car.

A male fitting the robber's description also was found at the motel, and both were arrested. The boy, 15, of Baltimore, was charged with armed robbery, carjacking, felony theft, assault and weapons violations. The girl, 16, of Ellicott City, was charged with felony theft.

Police recovered an air pistol and the woman's property at the motel. The Sun does not identify juveniles who are charged in crimes.

The two were turned over the Department of Juvenile Justice in Baltimore, said Howard County police spokesman David Proulx.

Police hunting for pair who robbed jewerly store

Howard County police are searching for two men who robbed St. John's Jewelers about 10:20 a.m. Saturday.

The pair, one described as in his 30s, wearing a white hat, and another said to be in his 20s, flashed semiautomatic handguns as they entered the store, in the 9100 block Baltimore National Pike near St. Johns Lane, police said.

No shots were fired and no one was injured as the thieves confronted two employees and later a customer who entered as the robbery was under way.

The pair escaped with an undetermined amount of cash and jewelry, said police spokesman Dave Proulx.

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