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Suspect in at least 25 robberies charged in Westminster holdup

A Montgomery County man suspected of at least 25 armed robberies in three states has been formally charged with the Jan. 17 robbery of the Piece Goods Shop in the Crossroads Square Shopping Center in Westminster.

Westminster police issued a warrant containing the latest armed robbery charge Friday, and a judge in Anne Arundel District Court raised the suspect's bail by $150,000 to $500,000 the same day, authorities said.

The suspect, Larry J. Bobbs, 47, of Germantown, has been held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on several robbery charges since his arrest Feb. 23 in a shoe store robbery. In that case, police reported that they made the arrest after they saw him and three other men getting into a car near the store.

Investigators said Bobbs, who has spent more than 10 years in prison on similar charges, has admitted to robbing stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Some of the victims were bound with duct tape by the assailant and at least two accomplices.

Bobbs was previously held on $350,000 bail on armed robbery charges in Anne Arundel County.

Juveniles charged with church vandalism

Five juveniles ranging in age from 13 to 16 were arrested and charged with breaking several windows of the Westminster First Church of God on North Center Street.

Westminster City Police said several witnesses saw the youths break the windows with rocks Sunday and led authorities to their hiding place a short time later.

The boys, two 13, one 14, one 15 and one 16 were charged with malicious destruction of property. All but the 15-year-old, who was taken to the Caithness Shelter in Silver Spring, were released to parents or guardians.

Police said yesterday they did not know the value of the broken windows.

The youths will be tried in juvenile court, police said.


* Westminster: Two radios, one a CB and the second a stereo system, were stolen from two cars parked in the city last Thursday. A Bond Avenue resident told police someone removed the transceiver, valued at $200, while the car was parked near his home.

A Baltimore County resident reported to police someone removed the radio while her car was parked near Western Maryland College. She valued the radio at $250.

Three cars sustained over $2,000 damage when vandals scratched them or broke windows over the weekend. A South Court Street resident reported the side of his car was scratched on Saturday while parked near his home, doing an estimated $1,000 of damage; a North Gorsuch Road resident said the side of her car was scratched on Saturday at Cranberry Mall, doing about $800 in damage; and a Crows Court resident said the driver's window of his car was shattered Sunday, causing $200 in damage.


* Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to a report of a chimney fire in a house on Charles Street at 8:54 p.m. on Sunday. They were out for 19 minutes.

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