Robberies may be linked, police say


Investigators are looking into a possible connection between the armed robbery of a Reisterstown supermarket yesterday and three other robberies of grocery stories in the county this year, police said.

Two men, one armed with a semiautomatic handgun, robbed the Mars grocery store in the 11900 block of Reisterstown Road about 7 a.m. yesterday, said police. The men bound three employees and forced one employee at gunpoint to open a store safe, police said.

A police spokesman said the physical descriptions of the robbers and their method are similar to those in three recent robberies. In each case, the robbers entered the rear of the store about 6:30 a.m., gathered the employees and forced them at gunpoint to open a store safe, according to police.

"There is a probability that they could be connected," said Michael Hill, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department. "The detectives are obviously looking at all of these to see how they are connected."

Two men wearing dark clothes and ski masks entered the Mars store through its loading dock and forced about 11 store employees to the front of the store, police said. The men took an unknown amount of money and left through a rear loading dock door, Hill said. No one was injured in the robbery, police said.

The armed men were described as in their mid-20s, one about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, and the other about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds. Three men wearing bandanas robbed a Super Fresh grocery store in Arbutus around 6:15 a.m. Jan. 6; three men robbed a Mars store in Rosedale about 7 a.m. Jan. 18, and three men wearing ski masks robbed a Super Fresh store in Woodlawn around 6:30 a.m. Feb. 21, police said.

A third man involved in the previous three armed robberies was described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

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