Four employees of a Crofton fast-food restaurant were left in a walk-in cooler for almost six hours after two masked gunmen robbed the restaurant.

An employee of Popeye's restaurant, in the 1000 block ofRoute 3, was taking out the trash about 1 a.m. Wednesday when he wasforced back inside by the robbers, police said.

The men, armed with a black automatic handgun and a sawed-off shotgun, ordered the manager to open the safe. After getting the money, police said, the gunmen forced the manager and three employees into the walk-in cooler, took all the money they had in their pockets and barricaded the door, police said.

The employees weren't injured butremained in the cooler until about 6:45 a.m., when co-workers arrived to open the restaurant.

Police described the first gunman as a black man about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and wearing a black ski mask, blue shorts and a red tank top. He was armed with the automatic handgun.

The other robber, armed with the sawed-off shotgun, was described as about 6 feet tall and 155 pounds. He was wearing a blue or black ski mask.


A 17-year-old Glen Burnie youth was robbed of $222 Tuesday in a parking lot while walkinghome, county police reported.

The police said the boy saw two menleaning against a building about 10:30 a.m. One of the men asked if he had money; the boy replied that he had a "dollar or two."

When the boy reached into his pocket, the robbers saw the boy's the $222 and threatened to shoot him if he did not give it to them.

One of the robbers grabbed the money and ran away.

Police described the first robber as a white man, about 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with short brown hair, wearing a blue shirt and jeans. The other was described as a white man about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair, wearinga flannel shirt and jeans.


Annapolis police seized more than $4,000 worth of crack cocaine during atraffic stop late Tuesday night.

Daron Compton Wade, 22, of the 100 block of Chester Avenue in Annapolis, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after police found 56 small plasticbags of the drug in his Nissan Pathfinder.

Wade told police that he bought the drug in Washington and was planning to sell it in this area, the police report said.

Police were led to Wade when officers began receiving complaints about a man in a "new black Nissan Pathfinder" selling drugs in the Robinwood community.

Officers went to the neighborhood about 11 p.m. and saw two men in the truck, apparently selling drugs, the report said.

Officer Lisa Whiting followed the truck and stopped it at Forest Hills Avenue and Bay Ridge Road. She saw the driver bend down as if he were hiding something under his seat.

When the officer looked under the seat, she found one plasticbag of crack, and the other bags of the drug were found inside the truck, police said.

The following break-ins have been reported to Anne Arundel County and state police:


1300 block of Defense Highway: July 12, entry gained through door. Unknown property taken.

Glen Burnie:

400 block of Secret Bend Road: July 15, entry gained through door. Baseball cards, jewelry and a rifle taken. Total loss: $7,400.

200 block of North Crain Highway: July 15. Unknown property taken.

500 block of Kintop Road: July 14, entry gainedthrough door. Bike taken. Total loss: $150.


1400 block of Greenvalley Circle: July 16, entry gained through window. Nothing taken.


200 block of Old Line Road: July 13, entry gained through door. Unknown property taken.


1300 blockof Concourse Drive: July 15, entry gained through door. Phone taken.Total loss: 125.

500 block of Oak Grove Road: July 9, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.


300 block of Silo Ridge Court: July 14, entry gained through window. Video games taken. Total loss: $100.


8200 block of Bodkin Road:July 15, entry gained through window. Unknown property taken.

100block of Ritchie Highway: July 15, entry gained through door. Tools taken. Total loss: $570.

7800 block of East Shore Road: July 14, entry gained through door. Appliances taken. Total loss: $735.

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