2 men wanted in robberies

POLICE DIGEST

January 13, 2008

Two men have been charged in two armed robberies in Glen Burnie, and Anne Arundel County police said they are looking for more suspects.

The first victim told police that he was approached on Norfolk Road at Ridgewick Road about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday by four young men. He said the robbers implied that they were armed, and that he heard the sound of a semiautomatic handgun slide.

The robbers ordered the victim to throw his property on the ground. He complied, then ran home and contacted police.

The second victim said three young men approached him about 3:45 that morning in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway and demanded his money. One of the robbers implied that he had a weapon, assaulted the victim and took his bicycle. The victim was not seriously injured.

Using a photo lineup, both victims identified Jose Melvin Gaitan, 19, of the 400 block of Church St. in Brooklyn Park, as one of their assailants. He was charged on a warrant.

The first victim also identified Willie Alfred Coleman, 20, of the 3900 block of Second St. in Brooklyn Park as one of the men who robbed him. Coleman was also charged in a warrant.

Neither suspect has been arrested.

Roll of quarters stolen at coin shop

A burglar damaged the front door of a coin store, but once inside stole only a $10 roll of quarters, Annapolis police said.

Police responding to an alarm at Annapolis Coin Exchange, 106 Solomons Island Road, about midnight Tuesday found that the front door had been smashed and that one of the showcases had been broken by a large piece of concrete.

Would-be robber assaults man

An Annapolis man was assaulted during an attempted armed robbery, city police said.

The victim, who lives on Hicks Avenue, told police he was standing next to his car on Croll Drive about 10:15 p.m. Jan. 6 when a masked man approached, pulled out a handgun and said, "Give it up."

The victim and the masked man began fighting and the victim was struck in the face and head several times before he was able to run away.

Woman robbed at gunpoint

An Arbutus woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint in Annapolis, police said.

The woman said she was walking to her vehicle on City Gate Lane about 9:30 p.m. Monday when two men approached. One displayed a handgun and said, "Give me your purse." She handed it over, and the robbers ran away.

Police recover stolen tires

Thieves stole more than 20 tires from a rack of an auto repair shop, Annapolis police said.

The tires on display outside Pep Boys at 1925 West St. had been secured by a locking mechanism, which was broken about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses said the thieves fled in a gold-colored minivan.

A vehicle matching that description was found on Gross Avenue. It had been reported stolen by an Annapolis resident.

The robbers fled on foot when officers approached. Police said they have identified at least one of them.

The tires were recovered and returned to Pep Boys.

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