Three Baltimore City men were arrested March 1 after a string of at least 76 commercial armed robberies in the region starting in late November, the Baltimore County Police Department said Tuesday.
Officials connected the three men to at least 54 armed robberies in Baltimore City, at least 18 armed robberies in Baltimore County and at least four armed robberies in Anne Arundel County.
“It’s 76. Seventy-six robberies,” said Baltimore County Police Department Chief Terrence B. Sheridan. “[That’s] a lot of potential for harm to people.”
Dontrell Eric Glover, 27, of the 1800 block of W. Saratoga Street, Milek Anton Rankin, 25, of the 2500 block of Hollins Street, and Marquis Davon Moore, 32, of the 100 block of Thomas Guidera Circle, were arrested.
Five of the robberies occurred in the Catonsville and Arbutus area. Other incidents happened in Windsor Mill, Towson, Carney and Dundalk.
Court records allege the men stole thousands of dollars in cash and other items, including video game systems. The trio targeted shops like GameStop and fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King, court records show.
Rankin and Moore do not have attorneys listed in online court records. Arthur M. Frank, the attorney listed for Glover, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
They are charged in Baltimore County with two counts each of armed robbery and first-degree assault, police said. There are additional charges pending further investigation in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City. Officials said federal charges are also possible.
According to charging documents from the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County, Glover told police he drove Rankin and Moore to “multiple locations” where the two committed robberies.
Those same documents say that Rankin told police that he, Moore and Glover robbed a McDonald’s on the night of their arrest. Moore invoked his right to an attorney, court documents said.
Baltimore City Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the city’s police department has great partners in the region, and he can’t “overstate how important that is.”
“We had to take these people off the street,” Harrison said.
Police said the string of robberies started with a GameStop in the 6300 block of York Road in Baltimore County on Nov. 28, 2018.
Two were arrested after being approached by police in the 2000 block of N. Forest Park Avenue in Baltimore City on March 1, 2019. Moore drove away after being approached, and was arrested later that night in the 10000 block of Daystar Court in Howard County.
Police said there were no major injuries reported in the armed robberies and nobody required hospitalization.
‘We are not playing games’
Court documents show a pattern in the robberies: Two men enter a location, at least one with a handgun and then demand cash or, in some cases, technology items — like PlayStation 4 controllers or Nintendo Switch game systems.
One of the suspects walked into a GameStop in the 6300 block of York Road in Towson on Nov. 28, and said “Shut up, we are going to shoot you, give me your money,” according to court documents. One suspect pointed a handgun at a victim while the other went behind the counter.
The suspects ultimately stole $745.58 worth of video games from the location, court documents said.
On Jan. 4, after a string of other incidents, the suspects robbed a Boost Mobile in the 1200 block of Eastern Boulevard, according to court documents.
At one point during a physical altercation with a victim, one suspect removed a magazine from his handgun and said, “You can see it’s loaded, we are not playing games, give us the damn money,” and suspects then took money from the register, documents show.
Later in January, court records say, two suspects left through the side door of a Burger King on Baltimore National Pike they had just robbed and told victims to “have a nice day” as they fled.
In early February, in a GameStop in the 1500 block of Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk, one victim said one of the suspects placed the handgun “on the base of his neck.” Another victim said he heard one of the suspects say, “Hurry up, I don’t want to shoot anybody” while robbing the store, court documents show.
Suspects were identified through witness interviews and surveillance footage review, police said. Court documents show that two Nintendo Switch gaming systems that were stolen in Anne Arundel County were activated under Rankin’s name and the name of an unidentified associate “of Moore, who was at that time already a suspect.”
“We stopped a trend, that was a horrible trend, throughout this metropolitan area,” Sheridan said. “In this case… unfortunately, we’ve got 76 victims who have had guns put in their faces.”
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