County police arrested an Annapolis man Tuesday night on charges that he had used a fake bomb to rob at least 14 stores and restaurants in Maryland and Virginia since January.

Gregory Lloyd Gasper, 35, of the 1700 block of Drevar Trail, was charged with five counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted armed robbery with a deadly weapon.

He was arrested in the parking lot of a Safeway Food Store in Pasadena after employees suspected the man of shoplifting. Police said they found a handgun and an imitation explosive device -- a road flarewith a light taped to it -- near the site of the man's arrest.

After questioning, police charged Gasper with the other robberies.

Seven of the robberies occurred in Anne Arundel: a Subway Restaurant in Glen Burnie on Jan. 7, a Taco Burrito Shop in Hanover on Jan. 19, Johnny's Sweet Shop in Crofton on Jan. 23, Admiral Cleaners in Gambrills on Jan. 23, a Value Food Store in Severna Park on Jan. 24, a Safeway Food Store in Arnold on Feb. 7 and a Safeway Food Store in Pasadena on Feb. 12.

Four robberies occurred in Prince George's County, two in Fairfax and one in Baltimore City, police said.

Police said all the robberies were committed by a man fitting Gasper's description who threatened store employees with a fake bomb. Police said Gaspercould face additional charges from other police jurisdictions.


Police charged a 19-year-old manTuesday with possession of cocaine after he reportedly sold the drugto an undercover police officer at Harundale Mall.

Nathaniel Wallace, of the 7900 block of Nolpack Drive in Glen Burnie, was charged with possession of cocaine, unlawful manufacturing of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said narcotics detectives found $55 and 2.2 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $220 on Wallace. No further information on the arrest was available.

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