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Howard County police have arrested a Baltimore man in an Ellicott City grocery store robbery Monday and are investigating another grocery story robbery that occurred yesterday, the fifth and sixth robberies in the county since Friday..

In addition to the two grocery store robberies, armed robberies were reported in a home, at an automated teller machine and in two apartment complex parking lots in Laurel and Columbia.

Police say the crimes apparently are not related.

Yesterday, two men entered a Valu Food store in the 9100 block of Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City about 10:40 a.m., police said.

One vaulted over a low wall surrounding the cashier's office and demanded money. The men fled in a small green station wagon with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. No weapon was displayed, and no one was injured.

The robbers were described as black males, one wearing a blue

tank top and a black baseball cap, the other 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.

In the other Ellicott City incident, police have in custody a Baltimore man accused of robbing a Safeway store Monday.

Otis M. Williams, 37, of the 300 block of S. Augusta Ave. has been charged with robbery and theft in the incident at the Safeway in the 8400 block of Baltimore National Pike.

Police said a man entered the store about 4:25 p.m. and gave an employee in the cashier's booth a note demanding cash. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled in a car, and witnesses took down the tag number.

Baltimore County police stopped the car at Frederick Road and Paradise Avenue in Catonsville at 4:40 p.m. Howard County police went to the site with witnesses from the Safeway, who identified Mr. Williams.

Police said they recovered the note and cash from the suspect's car.

Mr. Williams was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $50,000 bail yesterday.

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