Police Briefs

POLICE BRIEFS

September 21, 2008

Armed robbery suspect sought by police

Anne Arundel County police were searching for a man suspected in several robberies, including two armed robberies of beauty-supply businesses in Glen Burnie on consecutive days last week.

Police were called Tuesday to Sally's Beauty Supply in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway for a report of an armed robbery. A cashier said that a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and ordered the victim to give him the money in the cash register, police said.

The man left with an undetermined amount of cash and fled toward the front parking lot, the cashier told police. Officers and a police dog unsuccessfully searched for the man.

Early Wednesday afternoon, officers responded to a report of a robbery at JB's Beauty Supply in the 5000 block of Ritchie Highway.

Officers reviewed a surveillance video that showed a man with a black cloth over his face displaying a black handgun. The man demanded money, and, after receiving cash from the register, fled, perhaps in an older-model green sport utility vehicle or minivan. Officers searched for the man without success.

Police said that the man is also a suspect in a robbery earlier in the month at JB's Beauty Supply, along with other robberies. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Clifford Van Hoesen at the count police criminal investigations division, 410-222-3469 or 410-222-3566.

Man suspected of PCP use

A man was taken to a hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation Wednesday after he darted into traffic and then told police that he had been smoking "dippers," a street term for a PCP-laced cigarette, Annapolis police said.

A security officer at Bay Ridge Gardens Apartments reported about 10 p.m. that she had seen a man darting in and out of traffic on Bay Ridge Avenue. Officers detected the odor of PCP coming from the man, a 28-year-old Bens Drive resident.

The man said that he felt he was about to "lose control." When officers asked whether he should go to the hospital, he replied, "That's a pretty good idea," according to police.

The man was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for an evaluation and treatment.

3 charged in auto theft

Anne Arundel County police arrested three Glen Burnie residents riding in a stolen car, two of whom are linked to vandalism of 14 vehicles, police said.

Officers responded about 2 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 600 block of Baylor Road and discovered that 11 vehicles nearby had been vandalized with spray paint, according to police. Other officers found three more vandalized cars in another area.

About the same time, officers in Severn conducted a coincidental traffic stop of the stolen vehicle on Reece Road, according to police.

Officers arrested Nicholas A. Wray, 22, of Oak Manor Drive and charged him with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft of more than $500 and marijuana possession, police said. Evidence from the investigation tied two of the suspects to the vandalism.

Rachel A. Griffin of Short Curve Road and Rashelle R. Francis of Pamela Road, both 18, face the same theft charges as well as 14 counts of malicious destruction of property, police said.

2 charged in robbery

Two men were arrested in the robbery of a man who was waiting outside in Glen Burnie for a pizza to be delivered, police said.

The victim told police that he was in the 100 block of Warwickshire Lane when several men approached him and demanded money. The men assaulted the man and took items from him, then were seen getting into a white Chrysler 300. The car was seen heading south on Ritchie Highway, and police pulled it over and arrested two men.

The suspects were identified as Gregory Earl Rochelle Jr., 20, of Norfolk, Va., and Tonio Michael Hicks, 19, of the 900 block of Royal St. in Annapolis.

Hit-and-run arrest

A man was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license after a hit-and-run collision Monday in Annapolis, police said.

A 2002 Chevrolet truck struck a 2007 Toyota Solera from behind about 11 a.m. at a traffic light at Forest Drive and Spa Road, Annapolis police said.

The driver of the truck left the scene, but the Toyota driver got the truck's license plate number and officers tracked it to the registered owner's home on Harness Creek View Drive, according to police.

John Edward Sackett Jr., 45, was charged with driving on a suspended license, police said.

Robbery suspect sought

County police were searching for a man who robbed a gas station Wednesday night in Glen Burnie.

Employees at a Sunoco station in the 7900 block of Crain Highway told police that a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The clerk gave the man an undetermined amount of cash from the register, and the man fled on foot. Police searched the area unsuccessfully for the man.

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