Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies and Maryland State Police troopers have made two arrests in a string of armed robberies throughout the county over the past several weeks.
Both suspects, David Joseph Beene, 25, of Owings Mills, and Ann Marie Knights, 20, of the unit block of Frederick Street in Taneytown, are in custody in connection with at least six armed robberies since June 17, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.
"[Beene] has wreaked havoc over the last several weeks in Carroll County," Sheriff Jim DeWees said Friday afternoon.
Investigators are still determining whether Beene and Knights are connected with any other robberies in the area.
Beene is charged with five counts of armed robbery, six counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, four counts of concealing a dangerous weapon, three counts of first-degree assault and four counts of theft, according to electronic court files.
"The fortunate thing about them was there were no injuries in any of those robberies," Rapp said.
Police identified Beene as a possible suspect after an employee at the Finksburg Twin Kiss recognized him during a robbery attempt Monday and called the police, according to Rapp.
Deputies were canvassing New Windsor looking for Beene on Thursday night when the attempted robbery at 7-Eleven was reported, Rapp said.
The clerk used a trash can to hit Beene in the chest and push him away from the counter, and Beene and Knights fled the area in a car before crashing in a corn field on Middleburg Road, according to Rapp.
Both suspects left the car, but Knights was located and arrested nearby, Rapp said. Beene was located Friday morning at an Owings Mills residence.
Beene spent 331 days in the Carroll County Detention Center in 2013 and 2014, and was released on probation on Aug. 25, 2014, according to court records. He was released on time served with four years suspended after entering a plea for second-degree assault.
On June 15, a judge signed an arrest warrant for Beene after his probation agent alleged that he failed to report, did not show proof of employment or school attendance, did not pay court costs and left substance abuse treatment, according to records.