A hold-up of a Hardees restaurant in Annapolis may have been thwarted Wednesday when a customer saw a diner drop his gun.

Police say the customer watched as a man sat down with his tray of food at a nearby booth in the restaurant, in the 2000 block of West Street, and then stood up to take off his coat. The customer said a small semi-automatic handgun fell to the floor.

A police report says the man saw the customer watching, picked uphis gun and walked out of the restaurant. A car picked him up and drove away. The incident occurred about 8:15 p.m.

Police are lookingfor a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build, 26 to 32 yearsold, mustachioed and unshaven. He had a gold left front tooth and was wearing a shiny blue coat, tan shirt and blue baseball cap with writing on it.


A tow-truck operator told police he was robbed at gunpoint by two men on Route 295 near I-695 Wednesday afternoon while he was trying to hook up a car.

James Joseph Mullins, 23, of Baltimore, said he was preparing to tow a car at about 12:45 p.m. when a 1975 Ford Torino stopped in front of histruck. Two men emerged, one with a gun, and demanded money, Mullins said. Mullins handed over $1,000.

One suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, about 6 feet 1 inches tall, with black shoulder-length hair pushed back. He was wearing jeans, a solid green army jacket and white tennis shoes.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with long black hair and a slight mustache.


A 28-year-old Howard County woman told police her purse was snatched Wednesday outside a Toys R Us store in the Glen Burnie Mall.

Adella E. Gunther, of the 9800 block of Frederick Road, Ellicott City, said that as she was leaving the toy store, two teen-agers ran up behind her and took her purse, which contained $460. The incident occurred at 4:20 p.m.

Police are looking for a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, of thin build with blond hair. The second suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with black hair. Both suspects were wearing blue jeans.


A Glen Burnie couple told police that two men smashed all the windows in their car Tuesday after they pulled into the parking lot in front of their home.

Lisa E. and John D. Kreinheder, of the 7900 block of Crainmont Drive East, reported that a Camaro pulled into the lot behind them and two men emerged. As the couple sat in their car, the men smashed the windows with a crowbar while yelling for the coupleto get out.

The couple said they were able to drive to a nearby Pizza Hut and call police. Lisa Kreinheder suffered several facial cuts from flying glass.

The couple told police they don't know what provoked the attack.

Police are looking for a heavy-set white male with long, curly blond hair. The other suspect is described as a white male with dark hair.


Someone broke into Mama Lucia's restaurant on Jennifer Road in Annapolis Monday and stole a safe containing $8,900 and 15 to 20 cases of Italianwine valued at $800.

The restaurant's owner, Ray Lubrano, told police he came in on Monday and went to the back room to pickup the weekend's receipts. He noticed the safe and the wine missing. Police say there was no sign of a break-in.

The following break-ins have been reported to county police:


700 block of 203rd Street, March 5; entry gained through side door. Items taken: unknown.


1700 block Baldwin Drive, March 4; entry gained by unknown means. Jewelry taken. Total loss: $525.


700 block of Annapolis Neck Road, March 6; entry gained through front door of a mobile home. Safe containing $10,000 missing.

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