Baltimore Sun

Robbery suspect arrested

Baltimore County police are crediting the public with helping them arrest a suspected purse-snatcher. Here is the police statement:

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged Robert Lawrence Gardner, 31, of the 11000-block of Greenspring Avenue, 21093 with robbery. He has been identified as being responsible for a November 10, robbery that occurred in the 9700-block of Groffs Mill Road, 21117.

On November 10, at approximately 9 p.m. Baltimore County Police responded to the Giant food store located in the 9700-block of Groffs Mill Road for a robbery. Police spoke with the victim who advised that she was walking through the store when the suspect forcibly took her purse and ran out of the food store. The suspect was last seen running toward the north end of the shopping center.

On November 19, police issued a news release and photo to the media, which led to several concerned citizens contacting the police to provide the identity of the suspect in this case. Robert Lawrence Gardner was arrested on November 20 and charged with robbery, assault, and theft. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $350,000 bail.

Chief Jim Johnson and the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department thank both the media and the public for their assistance in this case.