Columbia teen charged in armed robbery

A 16-year-old Columbia boy was charged in an armed robbery of a man who retrieving mail from a community mail box on Wednesday evening.

Police said Dymtro Klopp, 16, of Dove Cote Drive, was with two other teens in the 10400 block of Fair Oaks in Columbia on Wednesday when they approached the victim, placed a gun against the victim's head and demanded money.

The victim handed over his wallet, which contained credit cards, gift cards and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The victim was able to give police a detailed description of Klopp, which police recognized from other recent incidents.

On Thursday, officers found Klopp and two other teens who matched the suspects' descriptions, walking in the area on Freetown Road. When the officers stopped, the teens ran, but police located Klopp. Police said he was carrying marijuana and arrested for drug possession. Police also found a silver "Vanilla Visa" gift card that was similar to one taken in the robbery. Police traced the card back to the victim.

Police did not disclose information on other incidents connected to Klopp since he is considered a juvenile, but he has been charged as an adult in Wednesday's robbery. He faces armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of marijuana charges.

He's being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $85,000 bond.

Police have not identified the other two suspects.

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