Teen-ager charged with store holdups
A 17-year-old has been charged with holding up three convenience stores and a doughnut shop in Annapolis in the past month, police said.
Warren Chase of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive was arrested without incident at his home shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. He was charged as an adult with four counts of armed robbery and one count of theft after a stolen car stereo was found in his room, police said.
City detectives are looking for three other men in their late teens or early 20s wanted in the string of holdups along Forest Drive and Bay Ridge Avenue. The group was known for fashioning ski masks from sweatshirts and storming 7-Eleven stores at night with a sawed-off shotgun.
Mr. Chase was charged with robbing the 7-Eleven at 1796 Forest Drive on July 18, the 7-Eleven at 1527 Spa Road on July 21, the Dunkin' Donuts at 2004 West Street on July 26 and the 7-Eleven at 980 Bay Ridge Avenue this Monday.
He was being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center yesterday morning after failing to post a $370,000 bail bond,
Female hitchhiker robbed at gunpoint
An Annapolis woman who hitched a ride home Monday night was robbed at gunpoint by the driver, city police said.
Lanita Lemon of the 100 block of Clay Street told police she caught a ride from Hilltop Lane shortly after 7 p.m. with a man she knew slightly.
He stopped in the 700 block of Glenwood Street, pulled out a gun, put it to her head and demanded money, police said. He also held a knife to her stomach. Ms. Lemon told police she gave him $360.
Police described the suspect as a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 260 pounds. He was driving a gray and black pickup truck.
Annapolitan arrested on drug charges
A 34-year-old Annapolis man was arrested on weapons and drug charges Tuesday night after a city police officer searched his car and found a bowie knife and pipe used to smoke crack cocaine, police said.
The officer stopped Joseph Boswell, of the 700 block of Warren Drive, at the corner of Clay and Bates streets for a minor traffic violation, police said. In searching the car, the officer found the knife hidden between the driver's seat and door and also found the pipe, police said.
Lucky's customer beaten, robbed
A 64-year-old man was robbed late Tuesday night outside a Brooklyn Park convenience store, police reported.
Police reported the man was in the parking lot of Lucky's convenience store,at Route 2 and Townsend Avenue, when he was hit on the head from behind.
The victim complied when the alleged robber demanded his wallet, police said.
Police described the alleged robber as a black man about 6 feet 3 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing light colored pants, tan shirt and red shirt.
The following break-ins have been reported to county police:
900 block of Langley Road: July 31, entry gained through door. Money taken. Total loss: $200.
First block of Edward Lane: Aug. 3, entry gained through door. Unknown property taken.
200 block of Lions Watch Road: Aug. 3, entry gained through window. Unknown property taken.
800 block of Swift Road: Aug. 3, entry gained through door. Jewelry and other property taken. Total loss: unknown.
500 block of Ritchie Highway: Aug. 4, entry gained through door. Unknown property taken.