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August 10, 2011
Armed robberies reported at Subway, bank ATM Laurel Police responded to armed robberies at a restaurant and automated teller machine last week but have not yet made arrests in either incident. On Aug. 2, police were called to an armed robbery at the Subway in the 7400 block of Van Dusen Road. An employee told police that a man wearing gloves and with a black gun demanded money, then jumped over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash. In the second robbery, police said a man stepped out of his vehicle to have better access to an ATM at the Bank of America in the 9600 block of Fort Meade Road Aug. 4, when he was approached by a male with a black pocket knife.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Baltimore City Police said they arrested two men Saturday who allegedly attempted to rob teenagers at gunpoint and stole their dirt bikes. Police spokesman Det. Ruganzu Howard said the spouse of a police officer watched as the men held up the teens near the 2700 block Waterview Avenue. The teens ran away and swam across a drainage lake in the Westpoint neighborhood of south Baltimore to escape. Howard said police used a helicopter to help catch the men. Brandon Hall, 27, and Thomas Smothers, 24, were both arrested and charged with armed robbery.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A Baltimore man pleaded guilty this week after investigators tied him to a series of armed robberies earlier this year in Northeast Baltimore. After one of the robberies, Thomas Mims, 53, was found in a car matching descriptions given by witnesses and led officers on a high speed chase, prosecutors said. Mims was ultimately taken into custody after he was trapped in a cul-de-sac by police amid the chase and was shot in the arm by an officer after speeding toward police who approached on foot.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A Baltimore man pleaded guilty this week after investigators tied him to a series of armed robberies earlier this year in Northeast Baltimore. After one of the robberies, Thomas Mims, 53, was found in a car matching descriptions given by witnesses and led officers on a high speed chase, prosecutors said. Mims was ultimately taken into custody after he was trapped in a cul-de-sac by police amid the chase and was shot in the arm by an officer after speeding toward police who approached on foot.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The long-time manager at the Ashland Café in Cockeysville arrived early on a Saturday to open the restaurant. But before he could get his key in the door, he said, two men held a gun to his temple. The men demanded that the terrified manager open his safe, the manager recalled, and made off with $15,000 in cash, a .45 caliber handgun, keys and a cellphone before fleeing in a silver car. They'd hit a liquor store and a chain restaurant in coming weeks before police tracked them down.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2010
A recent series of armed robberies on college campuses has Maryland students and security personnel on high alert. At least five people were held up on three campuses last week - at knife point at Loyola University Maryland and at gunpoint at both Towson University and the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. Detective Kevin Brown, a Baltimore Police spokesman, said the incident at Loyola "does not appear to be part of a spree. " Friday about 1:40 a.m., two men obscuring their faces with white and blue bandannas approached two students in a Loyola parking lot near the 100 block of Cold Spring Lane, brandished knives and demanded the couple hand over their "money and jewelry," according to a police report.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
A 35-year-old Pikesville man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Tuesday for conspiring to deal drugs and to commit a string of armed robberies at fast food chains and a Dollar Tree store, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Brian Johnson, 35, and others robbed two McDonald's and a Wendy's in Baltimore County in December 2009 and a Burger King and Dollar Tree store in the city that month, netting about $1,280, according to prosecutors. Johnson also admitted conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana in the city from 1996 to 2009.
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March 8, 1991
A band of heavily armed robbers, and possibly one or more copycat groups, have held up more than two dozen supermarkets and fast-food restaurants since October. In addition to looting store safes and cash registers, they have taken money from diners.Since details of the robberies and police alerts have circulated, do you find yourself changing your shopping or dining habits in fear of being victimized by these gunmen?To give your answer, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County)
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2001
Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley set another crime-fighting goal yesterday, saying that he wanted to halve the number of armed robberies by the end of next year. O'Malley's comments came at a special meeting of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the agency attempting to reform the city justice system. The mayor, who ran on a tough-on-crime platform, is using as his baseline the number of armed robberies in 1999 - the year he took office. That year, 7,595 such crimes occurred. He wants that number reduced by 50 percent by the end of 2002.
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December 13, 2001
Maryland State Police are seeking information about two armed robberies Tuesday night in South Carroll, one at a dry cleaning establishment, the second at a Sykesville gasoline station. Based upon the proximity of the businesses and similar descriptions of the robber, police believe the robberies were committed by the same man, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, Westminster barracks commander. The first incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. at Admiral Cleaners in the 6300 block of Sykesville Road in Eldersburg, police said.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Anne Arundel County police have arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery committed by people who claimed to be county police officers. Police said on Aug. 23 at about 10:30 p.m., four people were walking on a path in the area of Kent Road in the Glen Burnie area when they were stopped by two males who claimed to be Anne Arundel County officers. Neither of the suspects displayed items that would portray them as officers, but the suspects did show handguns and demanded property from the victims, according to police.
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May 5, 2014
Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Main Street, 600 block, April 27. Attempted burglary. Woodbine Drive, 7600 block, April 27. Theft of motor vehicle parts/accessories. St. Mary's Place, 100 block, April 25. Theft from building. Baltimore Avenue, 14200 block, April 24. Shoplifting.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | February 19, 2014
Two men and one woman have been arrested in the robbery of a Laurel 7-Eleven earlier this week, Laurel police said Wednesday. Eric Wayne Glascoe, 22, Brittany Noel Smith, 22, and Michael Jay Smith Jr., 23, were arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and other offenses, police said. According to police, two men and one woman entered the 7-Eleven convenience store, located at 605 Seventh Street, at 2:30 a.m. Monday. The three waited for the store to clear and then one man took out a handgun and ordered the clerk into the bathroom, police said.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | February 10, 2014
The Columbia man alleged to have been the gunman in the armed robbery attempt of a Columbia Flyer taxi driver last March was sentenced to five years in prison last week, the State's Attorney's office announced Monday. Khalid Khahiem Woods, 20, of the 9500 block of Wandering Way, was sentenced in Howard County Circuit Court by Judge Richard S. Bernhardt on Friday after pleading guilty to armed robbery and conspiracy charges in connection with the incident.  Woods is one of four Columbia residents to plead guilty in the crime, which occurred when all four were teenagers.  According to the statement of facts in the case, Woods and the three other teens were picked up by the cab driver on the evening of March 1 at Sweet Fern and asked to go to Sewells Orchard.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
Police identified the officer who fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect in East Baltimore Monday as Officer Shawn Baker. Baker, 39, who has been on the force since Aug. 1, 2007, shot the man as he drove at officers after being cornered in a dead end in the 2800 block of E. Chase St. The man, who is suspected in four armed robberies and attempted robberies in the area, led police on a chase for several blocks to the intersection of...
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Authorities say a disgruntled former Chipotle employee conspired with her boyfriend to hold up four area locations at gunpoint, according to a federal indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.   Marvel Alegria, 23, and boyfriend Lamont Bonds, 27, were first charged in November 2012 with robbing two Montgomery County Chipotles.  In a news release at the time, county police said Alegria had been fired from the Mt. Airy Chipotle and had made threats to retaliate.  The federal indictment, unsealed Friday, alleges that Alegria provided information to Bonds to "obtain the maximum amount of cash proceeds.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | November 10, 1991
County police say a man who escaped from police custody in Septembermay be responsible for as many as 10 armed robberies in the last twomonths.Detectives have stepped up their search for Anthony JamesFreeland, 20, whom they say has robbed five businesses in North County, said Sgt. George Johnson, head of the robbery squad.Johnson said witnesses identified Freeland as the man who robbed Sunset Liquors in Glen Burnie Oct. 31, a Subway restaurant in Maryland City Oct. 30, a Subway restaurant in Hanover Oct. 22, and the Subway restaurant in Sun Valley Oct. 30."
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Staff Writer | August 15, 1993
A spate of armed robberies in North Baltimore is taking its toll on businesses and neighbors in the Roland Park area and leaving city police wishing they had more officers on the street."
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | January 6, 2014
Two brothers accused of making off with $3,000 from a Columbia bank Saturday were apprehended shortly after the alleged robbery after a foot chase through neighborhoods in East Columbia, Howard County police said Monday. Calvin Abney, 23, of Jaris Avenue in Oxen Hill, and Richard Abney, 28, of Billings Place in Capitol Heights, both face armed robbery, robbery, multiple counts of assault, theft, reckless endangerment, auto theft and a handgun violation, police said. The two are brothers, according to the State's Attorney's office spokesman.
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