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Off-duty officers nab robbery suspectsThree men who...


Off-duty officers nab robbery suspects

Three men who allegedly beat and robbed a Pasadena man Friday morning were caught by off-duty Prince George's County police officers, police said.

County police said that the three men assaulted Thomas A. Bartkowiak Jr., 27, outside the Pine Grove Village Shopping Center, in the 8700 block of Fort Smallwood Road.

The three Prince George's officers who saw the attack told police that Bartkowiak was knocked to the ground and kicked by the suspects, who stole his wallet containing $25.

Arrested were Brian E. Poe, 26, of the 6400 block of Bricktown Circle, Glen Burnie; John Sprinkel III, 25, of the 500 block of Nolberry Drive, Glen Burnie; and Lawrence R. Lechowicz, 21, of the 3500 block of Horton Ave., Baltimore.

Bartkowiak suffered a bruised abdomen in the attack but did not require medical attention.

Clerk, customer thwart store robbery

A former employee of a Severn convenience store assaulted a clerk and stole money from a safe Thursday night, police said, but the woman and two others who helped her were caught when a witness chased one of the suspects.

Police said that a woman and a man entered the Royal Farm Store in the 7800 block of Telegraph Road at about 10:30 p.m. The woman began shoplifting.

When the clerk, 26-year-old Tamara Sweaney, turned her back to the couple, the man hit her over the head, knocking her to the ground. The couple then went behind the counter to get the safe.

A person, whom police did not identify, saw the incident and chased the man when he emerged from the store. The clerk began wrestling with the woman and subdued her until police arrived.

Police say the man escaped but was caught a few hours later when police learned that he and another man were staying at a motel on Route 178, where the woman's two children were staying with another woman.

Both men were arrested at the hotel; police said the second man was driving a get-away car. The children were turned over to a relative.

Jerry Allen Miles and Nikki Lynn Bridges, both 21, and both who have no fixed address, were charged with robbery. Police

charged a third man, 31, with robbery, but police have not confirmed his identity.

Domestic dispute leads to gunfire

A Glen Burnie woman was charged with assault Friday morning after she broke into her boyfriend's home and fired a gun five times, police said.

It was unclear whether the woman aimed at Michael M. Smith, 29, or even whether Smith was in the same room when the shots were fired.

Police said the couple, who lives in the 6400 block of Colonial Knoll, had been fighting before the woman, identified as Sherry Ann Pappas, 28, left.

About 2:40 a.m., Pappas returned to the home to get some of her belongings. Police said she was armed with a .45-caliber automatic pistol, which she fired twice into the home.

The woman then broke the glass in the front door and entered the home, firing the gun three more times. Police said Smith subdued her after a struggle in which the woman was slightly injured.

Pappas was charged with assault with intent to murder and reckless endangerment.

Armed man robs Glen Burnie store

A man with a semi-automatic handgun robbed a Subway sandwich shop in Glen Burnie Thursday night.

Police said the man walked into the shop, in the 7400 block of Ritchie Highway, about 8:30 p.m., ordered the clerk to give him money and forced the victim to his knees.

Then the man walked out of the store and headed south on Ritchie Highway.

Pasadena restaurant robbed at gunpoint

A man with a gun robbed a Wendy's restaurant in Pasadena Thursday night and escaped with an undetermined amount of money.

Police said a man wearing a gray-hooded sweat shirt walked into the restaurant in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway and threatened a clerk with a small, silver-plated automatic handgun at about 9:20 p.m.

After obtaining the money, the man ordered the employees to the back of the building and ran out of the store.

Man is charged in theft at deli

A man who broke into a deli shop and ransacked the aisles gave himself up Thursday when officers surrounded the store and threatened to send in a police dog.

Police responded to the Deli and Donut Depot in the 400 block of Camp Meade Road, Linthicum, at about 9:30 p.m. and saw a man inside the closed store.

The man, identified as John Wayne Newman, 31, of no fixed address, surrendered.

Police said they found several pieces of bulk lunch meat in a trash can near a rear exit. Newman was charged with breaking and stealing from a shop, a felony.

300 block of Glenwood Avenue, May 7: Entry gained through front door. VCR, guns taken. Total loss: $300.

Riveria Beach

100 block of Dale Road, May 7: Entry gained through side basement window. Jewelry, soft drink cans taken. Total loss: $200.

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