Three men arrested after a convenience store robbery on Sherwood Road in Towson Wednesday night could be responsible for "at least a dozen robberies," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said Thursday.
Johnson and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the arrests at a press conference Thursday morning, which was originally scheduled to unveil the first 50 patrol cars in the county police department's new fleet.
"Last night, after weeks worth of significant police resource and strategy development, we were able to intervene in a convenience store robbery in the area of Sherwood Road in Towson," Johnson said. "We had flooded the area with resources, again, using the latest technology, to help us stop a robbery trend in Baltimore County."
Baltimore County Police said in a news release Thursday afternoon that the men have been charged in four robberies, including the 7-Eleven robbery Wednesday night. Police said detectives believe the men may be responsible for as many as 14 robberies in both Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
Police said the men entered the 7-Eleven at 9:48 p.m. Wednesday, when one of the men put a knife to the back of a female employee and forced her to open the cash register.
The men stole cash, cigarettes, and hot dogs, police said, and drove towards Loch Raven Boulevard, where officers stopped a white Mitsubishi Gallant.
A similar vehicle was seen near other commercial robberies in the area, and officers found knives, money, and cigarettes related to the 7-Eleven robbery in the vehicle, police said.
Police said Damon Williams, 30, of no fixed address, and Adrian Walden, 25, of the 4900 block of Ross Road in Baltimore, have been charged with four counts of armed robbery and are being held on $350,000 bail at Baltimore County Detention Center.
Solomon Dunn 37, of the 1700 block of Lamont Avenue in Baltimore, was charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and is being held on $250,000 bail at Baltimore County Detention Center.
Police said they believe Dunn was the getaway driver, while Williams and Walden committed the armed robberies.
No attorney was listed for Williams, Walden, or Dunn in the Maryland online court database.
The three men were also charged for a Nov. 2 robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts in the 8000 block of Liberty Road in Milford Mill, a Nov. 5 robbery of the Dollar Tree in the 800 Road of Taylor Avenue in Towson, and a Nov. 9 robbery of the Dollar Tree in the 1100 block of Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale.
Johnson said during the press conference that police believe the three men are "primarily responsible for commercial robberies," but they're looking into the possibility that they committed both street robberies and commercial robberies.
"It's too early in the investigation to say exactly how many they're responsible for, but I'm confident it's going to be around a dozen or more," Johnson said.
The Towson precinct saw five street robberies between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7 in the downtown area.
Kamenetz said he and Johnson met privately last week in response to a rash of both commercial and street robberies in Towson.
"I do have great confidence in our police department, and I know that there was a rash of incidents that took place in the Towson community over the last two weeks," Kamenetz said. "The chief and I met about it, discussed it, and I was confident based on our private discussions that there was a game plan in place."
After the arrests were announced, Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, said he was glad to hear of the arrests, as public safety is the most frequent concern he hears in the community.
"I applaud the police for intensifying their efforts to end this rash of incidents," Marks said.