While a suspect in at least two of a string of recent Harford County convenience store robberies remains in jail without bail, two more armed robberies of 7-Eleven stores, in Fallston and Abingdon, were reported over the weekend.
Around 4:20 a.m. Saturday, Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the 7-Eleven on Pleasantville Road in Fallston for a report of an armed robbery.
Two men entered the store, one stood at the door with a gun pointed to the ground, according to Cristie Kahler, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office. The second man approached the counter and demanded money, and the store clerk complied, Kahler said. Before leaving the men grabbed cigarettes and beer. No one was injured.
One of the robbers is described as a tall, thin, light-skinned black man wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, a mask, dark pants and dark shoes; he was carrying a handgun. The second robber was a dark-skinned black man wearing an orange sweat shirt over a gray hooded sweat shirt, black hat, a mask, dark pants and dark shoes.
About 24 hours later, at 4:01 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to 7-Eleven on Abingdon Road in Abingdon for a reported armed robbery, according to Kahler, who said two men entered the store.
One man stood in front of the counter, while the second went around the counter to empty the register, Kahler said. They fled with money, loose change and cigarettes; headed around the side of the building toward the post office, she said.
Both men were about 6 feet tall, thin, wearing hooded sweat shirts, dark pants and masks. One suspect carried a gun, but did not point it toward anyone in the store. No one was injured.
The latest robberies followed the armed robberies of five convenience stores in Harford County between July 9 and 15, four of which were 7-Elevens.
Willie Lee Ganey, 37, of the 3000 block of Arunah Avenue in Baltimore, is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on numerous charges of robbery, assault and theft, among others, in connection with the robbery of the EZ Quick convenience store in the 800 bock of Revolution Street in Havre de Grace around 6 a.m. July 15 and the 7-Eleven on James Way in Belcamp around 2:40 a.m. July 15.
Havre de Grace police arrested Ganey after the EZ Quick robbery. Detectives are also investigating if Ganey may be connected to a robbery of the same 7-Eleven in Belcamp on July 9; the 7-Eleven in the 600 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard in Aberdeen on July 13; and the 7-Eleven in the 700 block of West Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen on July 10. No charges have been filed.
Sheriff's detectives don't believe 7-Elevens are any more vulnerable than any other convenience store, according to Kahler.
"These robberies happened at 24-hour stores, on main roads and in the middle of the night when the amount of employees and witnesses would be minimal. Those are the commonalities that detectives are looking at, more so than they were both 7-Eleven stores," Kahler said in an email.