Police Blotter

September 12, 2007

Annapolis man accused in robbery

An Annapolis man who is accused of robbing a downtown restaurant at gunpoint didn't make much of an effort at anonymity, city police said: He was a regular diner there, had recently filled out a job application and used his credit card to buy dinner before pulling out a gun.

Police said a man entered City Wraps in the first block of Craig St. before 5 p.m. Friday and ordered food using his credit card that listed his name. Then he jumped over the counter and brandished a handgun. He took the cash from the register and fled.

Officer Hal Dalton, a city police spokesman, called the credit card "the icing on the cake" because the staff at the sandwich shop already knew the man.

Stephen Maurice Brown, 30, of the 900 block of Bellweather Court, who until recently was a city sanitation employee, often worked downtown and was a regular at City Wraps, Dalton said. He had even applied for a job there.

"It made no sense that he thought he could get away with it," Dalton said.

Brown was charged with armed robbery, assault and theft and was being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.

Man, 24, wounded in housing complex

A 24-year-old man was shot in an Annapolis public housing community, city police said.

Thomas Little of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive was found about 4:45 a.m. Sunday outside his building suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso.

He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released.

No other details were available yesterday.

Teenager is stabbed in robbery attempt

A city teenager was stabbed by two men who tried to rob him, Annapolis police said.

The 18-year-old resident of Stone Creek Road told police that he was walking behind the Bates Athletic Fields behind Silopanna Road about 7 p.m. Sunday when two men approached him and demanded money.

When he said he didn't have any money, one of the men stabbed him in his arm. They fled on foot.

The victim went to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was treated and reported the assault to police.

Knife-wielding man robs Pasadena store

A man robbed a Pasadena convenience store at knifepoint, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Employees of the Royal Farms store in the 8400 block of Fort Smallwood Road said the robber came in about 8:40 p.m. Monday, displayed a knife and demanded money.

The clerk turned over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled.

Two men charged in counterfeiting case

Two Pasadena men were charged with passing counterfeit money at two snowball stands, Anne Arundel County police said.

Joshua Daniel Wark, 27, of the 8000 block of Abbey Court and Mark Lawrence Smith, 20, of the 7800 block of Titan Court are accused of using fake $20 bills at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at a snowball stand on the property of the Kent Island Crab Co. in the 2900 block of Mountain Road, then, 2 1/2 hours later, using fake $10 bills at a stand on the property of Planter Paradise in the 4500 block of Mountain Road.

Through a joint investigation with the U.S. Secret Service, officers determined that the money was scanned on a home computer and printed on a color printer.

Secret Service agents seized the computer and printer.

Wark and Smith were charged with theft under $500, manufacturing counterfeit currency, scanning U.S. currency, possession of counterfeit currency and a theft scheme under $500.

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