4:30 PM EST, January 4, 2013
An Arbutus man was one of two arrested by Howard County Police for the Dec. 28 armed robbery of a Lisbon pharmacy.
Howard County Police said Anthony Chester Sering, 27, of Dundalk, and Anthony Alascio, 27, of Halethorpe, are charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of robbery, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, unauthorized removal of property, two counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of theft, armed carjacking and a weapons violation.
Both are being held at the Howard County Detention Center without bond.
Police said two men wearing masks entered the Med One Pharmacy in the 700 block of Lisbon Center Drive at approximately 9:30 a.m. Dec. 28 and approached the pharmacy counter.
The two, one of whom had a weapon, confronted two employees and demanded drugs.
The employees complied, then were bound with duct tape and zip ties and taken to the bathroom, where they were told to lie on the floor.
The robbers, who stole drugs as well as money from the cash box, stole a cell phone from one employee and car keys from the other employee.
They drove off in her Honda Civic, then left the vehicle in a nearby neighborhood and got into their own vehicle.
An resident contacted police with the license plate numbers for both vehicles and a description of the suspects.
Around that time, a customer entered the pharmacy and, after waiting for someone to attend to her, found the two employees in the bathroom.
The employees called 911.
Meanwhile, after a brief pursuit, police apprehended the suspects.
There were no injuries. Police found drugs, the employee's cell phone and a roll of duct tape in the vehicle.
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