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Teen banned from Edgewood 7-Eleven accused of robbing it days later

When Willie Pink Addison IV was banned from a 7-Eleven in late December, he yelled one final message to the workers: “I’ll be back,” according to court documents. Now, he stands accused of robbing the Edgewood convenience store at gunpoint five days later, allegedly taking off with $30.

Addison, 17, the 300 block of Turquoise Circle in Edgewood, is charged as an adult with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault and theft less than $100 in connection to the incident. He is being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center. Court records do not list an attorney for Addison.

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Harford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the store in the 500 block of Edgewood Road around 3 a.m. Dec. 28. There, an employee told them the store had been robbed, according to charging documents filed in Harford County District Court.

Two people walked into the store in the early morning — one wearing a mask mimicking a woman’s face, complete with lipstick and eye-shadow, and the other in a “cold weather mask.” The person in the woman’s mask pointed a black handgun at the store clerk and demanded money, according to court documents, while the other man held the door open.

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“This isn’t a joke,” the man at the door repeated. Police later identified him as Addison.

The clerk put $30 in a plastic bag and gave it to them. The two took it and ran outside toward Willoughby Beach Road, court documents state. The incident was captured by a surveillance camera.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, and 15 minutes later, Maryland State Police troopers arrived with a K9 dog and began tracking the two. The dog led them to a Taco Bell-branded jacket and the plastic woman mask, which was found in a dumpster across from the store.

The trail took officers to a neighborhood behind the 7-Eleven, where they met Addison and a juvenile. They appeared to be nervous when speaking with police, but were released because deputies did not have enough information to lead to charges, court papers state.

Two days later, a tipster contacted the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and said he knew the two who stuck up the store, according to charging documents. He pinned the robbers as Addison and a 14-year-old.

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Investigators learned that Addison had been fired from a job at Taco Bell the same month of the robbery, explaining the discarded jacket, according to charging documents. That same jacket was missing from the Taco Bell, police were told.

Upon speaking with the restaurant’s manager, police found that Addison had reportedly left a message for his former place of work, too.

”Addison threatened the manager that he’d be back to rob them saying, ‘If you fire me I’ll just come back and rob the store,'" charging documents state.

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Deputies also found fingerprints on the woman face-mask. Forensic specialists with the department found prints consistent with Addison’s, but they were unable to make a direct match.

Court records do not reflect any charges against the 14-year-old.

Kyle Andersen, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said detectives are still working to identify additional suspects in the robbery and that no additional charges have been filed “right now.”

Andersen encouraged anyone with information about the robbery to call Det. Tammy Burns at the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.


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