A masked gunman held up a Wendy's restaurant in Annapolis at gunpoint Monday evening, escaping with a stack of bills from the cash register, city police said.

Police are investigating whether the armed robbery is linked to three other holdups that have taken place in the city since Friday.

Kenneth O. Kent, the assistant manager of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers on West Street, was working behind the counter at about 9:30 p.m. when a man wearing a black ski mask over his face walked up tothe cash register, pointed a revolver at Kent and demanded money, police said.

When Kent tried to hand him $5 and $10 bills, the robber demanded larger bills and then asked for the money kept in a security box under the cash register. The manager told him he didn't have akey, and the robber left through the side door and headed toward Forest Drive, police said.

A liquor store was also robbed over the weekend, and two people were held up on the street.

"Any time we have a series of robberies like this, we would look for commonality," said Lt. Gary Simpson, a spokesman for the Police Department. But he said that no link has been established.


A man who left a black bag in a taxi cab Saturday has been charged with narcotics violations after he tried to retrieve the bag from the driver.

Investigators said an Associated Cab Co. driver told policethat he had picked up a man from a hotel in the county and dropped him off at Herndon Court in Baltimore.

The man, who had forgotten the bag in the back seat, called the company and wanted to pick up hisbag, police said.

There was 17.5 grams of cocaine in the bag, police said.

When the man arrived at the company's office, in the 500block of Crain Highway, officers arrested him.

Tyrone Isaac Powell, 21, of the 800 block of Herndon Court in Baltimore, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and paraphernalia.

Police also confiscated $1,180 and a pager from him.


A Millersville man toldpolice two men kidnapped him yesterday morning and forced him to drive to Baltimore before letting him go and taking his car.

Detectives said the 33-year-old man was getting into his car at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday in front of Jack and Jill's Pool Hall on Crain Highway when two men forced him back into his car at gunpoint.

They orderedhim to drive to the area of Harbor Hospital before they took his money and jewelry and forced him out of the car.

The pair drove off in the 1990 Ford T-Bird with Maryland license plates HGA0083, police said.


A 17-year-old Severna Park boy was charged with snatching a woman's purse Sunday outside a department store.

County police said a 48-year-old woman was walking to her car in the parking lot of Caldor department store at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and McKinsey Road when the youth grabbed her purse and ran into the woods.

The woman gave chase while a passer-by told a police officer who was in the parking lot. The officer and the woman spotted the boy with the purse a short time later.

The officer arrested the youth on a juvenile citation with armed robbery, police said. He was released to his parents.


County police were looking yesterday for the man who stole a woman's purse Monday in Glen Burnie.

According to the policereport, the woman was was walking on Greenbranch Lane near GreenleafTerrace at about 7:45 a.m. when a man ran up behind her and hit her in the back.

He grabbed her purse and continued running up the street.

Police described the robber as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet5 inches tall, and wearing a red, white and blue jacket.

Glen Burnie:

200 block of Margate: Jan. 29, entry gained through the door.Tools taken. Total loss: $1,680.

700 block of Crain Highway: Jan.31, entry gained through the door. Money and appliances taken. Totalloss: $200.


6100 block of Fishers Station Road: Jan. 8, entry gained through the door. Tools taken. Total loss: $1,180.

Severna Park:

200 block of Charita Way: Jan. 29, entry gained through the window. Appliances taken. Total loss: Unknown.

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