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Shopper strikes clerk, grabs cigarettes


A man punched a clerk in the nose at a Brooklyn Park 7-Eleven store Friday morning, leaped over the counter and stole five cartons of cigarettes, county police said.

Thomas Francis Curry Jr., 61, the clerk at the store in the 4100 block of Ritchie Highway, told police the robber walked into the ++ store about 12:30 a.m. and took some merchandise to the counter as if to buy it, then asked for three cartons of cigarettes.

Suddenly, he punched the clerk, jumped over the counter, took the cigarettes and fled, running north on Ritchie Highway, police said.

The robber was described as a black male 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 pounds. He had a mustache and short hair and wore a tan, waist-length coat and dark pants,

police said.

Abductor wielding gun orders 6-hour driving tour

A Glen Burnie man was abducted for six hours Thursday morning by a man who forced him into the victim's car at gunpoint and ordered him to drive around Baltimore, county police said.

Police said David Anthony Marrocco, 32, was abducted from the parking lot of Dietrich's Tavern in the 7300 block of Furnace Branch Road shortly after midnight.

He had just left the bar when the man came up and asked him for change. When Mr. Marrocco got into his car to look for money, the man pulled out a gun and said, "Don't move."

The man went to the passenger side and ordered Mr. Marrocco to open the door. Once inside, the man ordered Mr. Marrocco to drive to Baltimore, where he was ordered to cruise around the city. The man got out of the car about 6 a.m. The victim told police he could not remember where in the city his abductor got out of the car.

Grocer disarms attacker, but 2nd man takes cash

Two men -- one wielding a 10-inch butcher knife -- robbed a Brooklyn Park grocery store Thursday night, even though the owner fought with the armed attacker, county police said.

Mangal Majethia, 52, who owns Leibowitz Grocery in the 300 block of Doris Ave., told police the men entered the store about 10 p.m. One pulled out the knife and walked up to Mr. Majethia, who grabbed the man and started fighting him when he saw the weapon, police said.

While they struggled, the other man walked behind the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. Both men then ran from the store toward Fourth Street, but Mr. Majethia managed to pull a watch and orange hood from the robber and forced him to drop the knife, police said.

Deliveryman jumped, robbed of 2 pizzas

A deliveryman for a Millersville pizza shop was robbed Thursday night of two pizzas and a delivery bag in the Greentree Apartments, county police said.

The 16-year-old deliveryman for B. J.'s Pizzeria in Old Mill Plaza was taking the pies to an apartment in the 8000 block of Winding Wood Road shortly before 8:30 p.m. when a youth jumped from some bushes and tried to "clothesline" him, police said.

The deliveryman ducked, fell back into some bushes, dropped his bag, got up and ran to his car. Four to six other youths sprang from the bushes, grabbed the pizzas and bag and ran toward Green Branch Lane, police reported.

Robber takes cash from gas station

A man who claimed to have a gun in a bag robbed a Crown gas station in Glen Burnie Thursday night and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

Rodolfo Garcia, 36, the clerk at the station at Quarterfield and Old Stage roads, said the man came in shortly before midnight and asked the clerk if he wanted to buy a videocassette recorder. Mr. Garcia asked the man to show it to him.

"Just give me the money," the man answered. Mr. Garcia gave the man some cash, and the robber ran north on Quarterfield Road, police said.

The robber is a white male in his mid-30s with a slight beard. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He was wearing a black coat, white T-shirt, blue sweat pants and white tennis shoes, police said.

Teen admits stealing school computer gear

A 14-year-old Pasadena youth confessed Tuesday to the theft of computer equipment worth $950 from Jacobsville Elementary School, county police said.

The boy's parents became suspicious when he told them he could buy a computer for $30, and they contacted Eastern District Detective Michael Curley.

When Detective Curley interviewed the youth, he admitted he entered the school in the 3800 block of Mountain Road through a window with a broken lock the night of Feb. 27 to steal a $450 computer from a classroom, and again last weekend to steal a $500 computer.

The boy was charged as a juvenile with two counts of second-degree burglary and released to his parents.

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