A man wearing a camouflage rain poncho escaped with cash and drugs Tuesday night after robbing a Columbia drug store, county police said.

Police said the man, believed to have been carrying a gun, entered the People's Drug store in the 8600 block of Guilford Road shortly before 8:20 p.m. and jumped behind the prescription counter, police said.

He then ordered the pharmacist to open the safe and give him the cash from the register, police said.

The man then took an unknown amount of prescription drugs from the safe.

Police described the man as a white male in his 30s with a thin build, with light brown hair and a mustache.

Police said he wore a green or brown rain poncho.

Police said they have several leads in the case.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:


6000 block Majors Lane: June 28, a 1984 Volkswagen Scirocco was reported stolen at 8:30 a.m. from a residential parking lot.

10400 block Little Patuxent Parkway: June 27, a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was reported stolen at 3 p.m. from a parking garage.

5400 block Cedar Lane: June 26, a 1975 Plymouth automobile was reported stolen at 8 a.m. from a residential parking lot.

10600 block New Moon Way: June 25, electronic equipment and jewelry were reported stolen at3 a.m. from a residence entered when someone broke a bedroom window.A short while later, the items were recovered in the back yard, apparently where the thief dropped them.


8900 block River Island Drive: July 1, an unknown man indecently exposed himself at 4:20p.m. to two young children who were playing near a community pool.

Ellicott City

U.S. 40 and U.S. 29: June 28, a 1988 Pontiac Firebird was stolen sometime before 8 a.m. from O'Donnell Pontiac automotive dealership.


9700 block Country Meadows: June 28, a 1984 Chevrolet Camaro was reported stolen at 8:30 a.m. from an apartment complex parking lot.


4200 block Montgomery Road: June 28, a lawn tractor and several pieces of lawn equipment were stolensometime before 9 p.m. from a storage shed that was forcibly entered.

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