Suspect in Kmart theft held on gun charges


A 26-year-old Baltimore man who allegedly stole several items from the Kmart in Eldersburg and pointed a loaded .32-caliber revolver at three employees was held on $50,000 bond yesterday.

Robert Brown of the 6700 block of Townbrook Drive was apprehended by state police while he was hiding in bushes behind the Carrolltown Center. A .32-caliber revolver was found on the ground nearby when he was arrested, police said.

Police said a man was accused of trying to shoplift items from the store but was blocked at the door of the mall by three employees as he tried to leave.

Court documents said the man pulled a gun from his pocket and pointed it at the employees, telling them, "Leave me alone."

The man ran out the door and across a parking lot with the trio in pursuit. The suspect dropped one videotape, stopped on the lot, handed one of the employees three more tapes and fled toward the bushes behind a gasoline station where he was arrested, police said.

Mr. Brown was charged with theft, three counts of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure and robbery with a deadly weapon.

He also was charged with using a handgun in the commission of a crime, two counts of possession of a handgun and reckless endangerment.

Mr. Brown was detained on $35,000 bond by a court commissioner, but the bail was increased by District Judge Donald M. Smith at a bail review hearing yesterday.


He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.


* Sykesville: Engines from Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield and Liberty Road of Baltimore County were dispatched to put out a house fire on Oklahoma Road at 11:12 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 22 minutes.

Firefighters from Sykesville, Winfield, Gamber and West Friendship responded for a chimney fire on Tamarack Circle at 6:48 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 45 minutes.

Engines from Sykesville investigated the report of a fire in a building on Route 32 at 1:12 a.m. yesterday. They were out for 20 minutes.

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