County fire investigators say a fire Monday at Macy's department store in Marley Station Mall was arson but they are unsure how the blazestarted.

Fire department spokesman Lt. Gary Sheckells said the fire broke out at about 9 p.m. in a second-floor storage room.

Firefighters were called to the store when the flames triggered an automatic alarm system. The store's sprinkler system also was activated, Sheckells said.

Damage to the store and contents were estimated at about $100,000, Sheckells said. There was no merchandise in the storage room.

"Most of the damage was done to merchandise in other areas of the store," he said. "It was fire, water and light smoke damage."

This is the second fire in almost two months at Marley Station store.

On Jan. 17, an electrical fire broke out in the storeand investigators have reopened that case to look for another cause.

"We have received some additional information and are now questioning other store employees about the first fire," Sheckells said. "Atthis point, we can't say whether the two fires were connected."

No one was injured in either fire.


A 20-year-oldGambrills woman was raped Monday by a man who broke into her home.

County police said the rapist entered the home in the 700 block of Annapolis Road at 1 p.m. through an unlocked back door.

He threatened to cut the woman with a pocket knife and forced her into another room where he raped her.

About an hour after the attack, the womanwent to a neighbor, who called police.

The woman had no description of the attacker.


County police are looking for the man who robbed the Crown gas station in Brooklyn Park Monday.

At 10 p.m., the robber told the clerk to "put all the money in thebag." The clerk gave the robber about $276 and he was last seen walking south on Route 2.

Police described the robber as a white male in his early 20s. He was wearing a yellow hooded sweat shirt and jeans.


A man who said he had a gun robbed the Paceway store in Fort Meade Monday.

County police said the robber walked into the store in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road at 10:55 p.m. and told the clerk to give him all the money or he would "blow her head off."

The clerk opened the register

and lay on the floor. The robber grabbed all the money out of the register and left the store.

Police described the robber as a black male wearing a dark jacket witha gray hooded-sweat shirt under it.


An Edgewater woman was robbed Saturday outside the Holiday Inn in Annapolis.

County police said the woman was walking across the parking lot at about 12:04 a.m. when two men walked up to her and demanded money.

One of them pointed a gun at her and grabbed her purse with $20 in it.

The woman could give no description of her robbers.


A Glen Burnie woman refused to hand her cash over to a robber outside a Fort Meade gas station Saturday.

The woman was finishing pumping her gas at the Shell station on Camp Meade Road at about 11 p.m. when she noticed a man standing near her car.

The man had his hands in his pockets and demanded all her money. The woman said no and the robber demanded it again.

The woman refused and the robber took his hand out of his pockets and walked away.

Police described the man as white, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 21, with dark curly brown and wearing a black jacket and pants.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Anne Arundel police and state police is:


100 block Hayden Road: March 4, entry gained through the door. Silverware and glass vases taken. Total loss: Unknown.


400 block of Glen Mar Drive: March 9, entry gainedthrough the door. MOney taken. Total loss: $150.

400 block of Lenlow Court: March 9, entry gained thorough the window. Unknown property taken.

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