WESTMINSTER — 2 stores robbed
WESTMINSTER -- Two stores were robbed, one by an armed ## man, within two days, city police reported.
A man robbed the Super Fresh market in the 400 block of Englar Road around 1:30 Saturday, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.
The man entered the store and went toward the customer service office. After waiting for an employee to open the door, he forced his way inside, pulled out a semiautomatic weapon, and told the employee he was robbing the store.
The man fled on foot with the money, and no one was injured.
The suspect is described as a white man, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with shoulder-length, reddish-brown hair spiked on top. He was unshaven and had a scar on his right cheek. He was wearing a dark blue T-shirt and dark blue shorts with front pockets, white tube socks and white tennis shoes.
On Monday, a convenience store was robbed and one of its employees was assaulted, city police reported.
A man walked into the Sheetz store in the 300 block of East Green Street shortly before 4 a.m. and took a candy bar to the counter as if to buy it. When the woman behind the counter opened the register, the man demanded money and reached across the counter into the drawer.
The woman tried to alert another employee, but the man struck her in the face and left the store with an undisclosed sum. He did not display a weapon, police said.
The suspect is described as a black man 18 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall, weighing 160 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a bright blue jacket with white stripes and hood, and black jeans.
Police have asked anyone with information about the suspects or the crimes to call the Westminster police department at 848-4646, or 857-TIPS to remain anonymous.
Seat belt laws
WESTMINSTER -- City police will be aggressively enforcing the state's seat belt laws as part of "Operation Buckle Down," a summer safety campaign by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
The increased enforcement, during the Independence Day holiday period from June 26 through July 5, is the second nine-day effort in two months. During the first, from May 22
through 31, 21 warnings were issued.
Police said they are working to keep fatalities and injuries to a minimum during the holiday.
2 prisoners escape
Police have arrested one of two Carroll County Detention Center prisoners who did not return from their work-release jobs Monday.
George Michael Pearre, 29, was captured shortly before 1 p.m. ** yesterday as he walked along Route 32 near Bullock's Restaurant, police said. He was serving a 66-month sentence for breaking and entering. Police said he failed to go back to the jail after a day's work at Hardee's in Cranberry Mall. He had been expected back around 4:30 p.m.
The other escapee, Robert Wade Mitchell, remains at large. He was incarcerated for driving while intoxicated and would have finished his six-month sentence in September. Police became suspicious when Mitchell did not return by 9:30 p.m. from his job in a private home in Eldersburg.
Here is a compilation of some of the crimes reported to local and state police:
Cranberry Mall: Police arrested a 16-year-old on June 18 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and inhaling a harmful substance. He was caught spraying a cleaner into a plastic bag and inhaling it on a bench near center court. He was released into his guardian's custody.
East Main Street: Two 16-year-old boys were arrested June 18 for disorderly conduct outside the Westminster Public Library and released to their parents' custody.
West Main Street: George Thomas Crumbie, 56, of South Main Street in Manchester, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated June 19.
Liberty Street: Gary Caudill, of Smithton Drive in Manchester, reported that someone broke the mirror and window of his parked vehicle June 19. Damage was estimated at $300.
John Street: Shelly Sanders reported that someone took her $100 purple and white bicycle from her back yard June 19.
West Main Street: Mitchell Feuer reported that someone broke into his home and took $100 worth of property June 19.
Following is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
3:09 p.m., Taneytown responded to an electrical pole fire on Middle Street.
3:59 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm sounding on Memorial Avenue.
5:39 p.m., Pleasant Valley and Taneytown reponded to a house fire on Richardson Road.
7:19 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a house fire on Peachwood Court.
4:58 a.m., Hampstead, Reese, Gamber, Manchester, Westminster, Lineboro and Pleasant Valley aided Baltimore County at a building fire on Hanover Pike in Baltimore County.
5:36 a.m., Sykesville responded to a trash container fire on Bartholow Road.
3:12 p.m., Sykesville responded to a trash container fire on Timdan Court.