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Two men charged in connection with recent Catonsville-area robberies

By Lauren Loricchio, lloricchio@tribune.com

4:33 PM EDT, June 11, 2014

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Two men have been charged in connection with two commercial robberies in the  Catonsville area, Baltimore County police said in a statement Wednesday.  

Michael James Toliver, 38, of the 300 block of Mount Holly Street of Edmondson Village, and Marcus Antonio Gray, 40, of the 1500 block of Homestead Street in Baltimore City, have been charged with seven counts of armed robbery, first-degree assault, firearm use and reckless endangerment, according to Maryland court records. 

Two suspects entered a Sprint store in the 5700 block of Baltimore National Pike on May 24 at approximately 7 a.m. and one, armed with a handgun, demanded money from an employee, as the other suspect stood in the front of the store, police said. 

The armed man struck an employee with the butt of the gun, and the employee sustained a minor injury, police said. 

Police said an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.

The men were charged in connection with another robbery on June 4 of a Royal Farms store in the 5700 block of Edmondson Avenue, police said. 

Both men entered the store at approximately 7 a.m. and one stole several boxes of Newport cigarettes from behind the counter, while the other, whom the cashier believed to be armed, demanded money from the register, police said. 

Both men are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. 

The Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit continues to investigate the robberies and other similar incidents in the county, particularly in the Towson and Pikesville precincts, and detectives are working with the Baltimore City Police Citywide Robbery Unit and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, police said.