Man steals, uses credit card

POLICE BLOTTER

April 27, 2008

A man who offered to help load bags of mulch into a woman's car stole her credit card and racked up more than $500 in purchases the next day, Annapolis police said.

The victim, a 67-year-old Forest Hill Drive resident, said she left her purse out of her sight and within the man's reach when she accepted his offer to help her with her mulch bags at 11 a.m. Monday at the True Value at 912 Forest Drive. She incorrectly assumed he was a store employee, police said.

Police seek man in robbery

A Columbia man is wanted on assault, theft and robbery charges after his estranged wife was robbed of the $900 he had just paid her in back child support, Annapolis police said.

Police say that Claudius Taylor, 41, approached the woman outside the Circuit Courthouse on South Street around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and demanded his money back.

The woman, 41, refused, police said. Taylor is accused of yanking her hand out of her purse, causing the cash to spill. He picked it up and ran, police allege.

Taylor is being sought on a warrant, police said.

Gunman robs delivery driver

A teenager robbed a Chinese-restaurant delivery driver at gunpoint in Arnold, Anne Arundel County police said.

The driver for the Joy Luck carryout was making a delivery on the 400 block of Knottwood Court around 10 p.m. Wednesday when a male about 18 years old approached displaying a handgun. He demanded money and was handed an undisclosed sum before fleeing.

Brooklyn Park pizzeria robbed

Two men held up a pizzeria in Brooklyn Park, Anne Arundel County police said.

The robbers entered the Little Caesar's pizza at 5636 Ritchie Highway about 10 p.m. Wednesday and announced a holdup, police said. One ordered an employee to empty the cash register and implied that he had a weapon under his shirt but did not show it.

The pair took an undisclosed amount of money and left.

Two men face drug charges

Two men were arrested on drug charges in Annapolis after officers on foot patrol saw them inside a car smoking and rolling marijuana cigarettes, city police said.

When approached by the officers about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, one of the men in the blue Pontiac at Bates and Clay streets crushed the burning joint in his hand, while the other fled but was quickly apprehended.

Officers also seized 13 grams of marijuana packaged in small quantities.

Thomas Robert Jennings, 57, of Madison Street, and Tony Maurice Smith, 57, of Royal Street, have been charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and related offenses.

Four charged after brawl

Four people were arrested after a brawl outside an Annapolis bar and restaurant, city police said .

Bryan Edward Bailey, 25, is accused of taking part in a fight that broke out outside The Whiskey at 1803 West St. about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a patron stepped out the front door and was struck on the head with a bottle.

Robert Nicholas Devaughn, 26, of North Carolina was arrested and charged with drug possession.

James Arthur Bowen Jr., 25, of Cananaro Drive, was arrested and charged with assault.

Marcus Dorod Day, 29, of Broadneck Road, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Bailey was charged with first- and second-degree assault.

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