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Baltimore Police 'padlock' Greenmount Avenue convenience store following drug seizures, shooting

Baltimore Police 'padlock' Greenmount Avenue convenience store following drug seizures, shooting

The Baltimore Police Department forced a Greenmount Avenue convenience store to close on Monday, using a controversial city law for the second time in two years to “padlock” a business police deemed to be complicit in crime, officials said Wednesday.

The order followed at least three incidents in the past eight months at the Purple Store Deli & Grocery/Greenmount Mini Market at 1909 Greenmount Ave. on the city’s east side, police said.

Police did not name the store’s owner or operator in their announcement of the closure, and the property owner listed in state tax records could not be reached for comment.

“The Padlock Order is based on numerous incidents that have...

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