County police have arrested three Baltimore men they believe are responsible for at least 12 fast-foot restaurant holdups in the region over the past several months.
The three were arrested Thursday night during a police surveillance of a Glen Burnie Burger King.
At least five holdups, including the one Thursday night, have been reported in Anne Arundel. Over the past two months, a Burger King on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park, a Pizza Hut in Severn and a Wendy's and McDonald's in Linthicum were robbed.
Other robberies, using similar methods and tools, have been reported in Howard and Baltimore counties and Baltimore,
Police said the suspects enter the restaurants wearing towels around their necks and using a pillow case to collect money. They would buy food, wait until all the customers had left and then vault the counter and confront the manager or other employee with a small automatic handgun. In most of the robberies, police said they hearded employees into a back office or walk-in freezer.
The three men arrested Thursday have only been charged in one robbery -- the one police saw Thursday night. Police said the suspects have denied being involved in the other 11 holdups.
Police said they were watching a number of fast-foot restaurants in North County when, at about 10 p.m. Thursday, they saw the robbery at the Burger King, in the 7300 block of Ritchie Highway.
Police said they arrested the trio without incident as they left the restaurant by a side exit. They said the suspects had a pillow case with money inside, a black automatic handgun and a white towel.
Charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon are Jerome Bennett Fickling, 18, of the 3700 block of Reisterstown Road; Carlos Walter Evans, 22, of the 4800 block of Kimberleigh Road; and Thomas Reid Ryce, 22, of the 4700 block of Old Court Road.