45 minutes after holdup of store, suspect arrested


County police charged a Glen Burnie man early Monday with robbing a Severn convenience store.

A man walked into the Dash In Food Store in the 7800 block of Quarterfield Road, held his hand in his coat pocket as though he had a gun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount, police said.

Western District Officer Brian Daniels arrested Marvin Royce White, 38, of the 400 block of Morningside Drive 45 minutes later, about 3:25 a.m., as he drove into Meade Village. The officer said the man fit the description of the suspect in the robbery.

Mr. White was charged with robbery.

Man arrested in theft of tiller

County police arrested a man Monday night after a tiller was stolen from an Odenton contractor minutes before the suspect called to report that he had been robbed of a lawn mower, officials said yesterday.

Police said a man went to the home of James Milton Martz III, 45, on Bruce Avenue about 7:40 p.m. and asked Mr. Martz's daughter, Tammy, 25, whether her father had any work at his company. Ms. Martz told the man there was no work and closed the door.

A moment later, she heard a heavy object being dragged outside the house. She looked out the window and saw the man dragging her father's $600 tiller to a 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He put the machine in the car's trunk and drove off.

The man called police half an hour later from Arwell Court in Pioneer City to report that someone had stolen a lawn mower from him. Officer Rahn Honablue, who was sent to investigate the report, said he became suspicious when the man mentioned a tiller the patrolman hadn't asked him about.

The officer asked Ms. Martz to come to Arwell Court, where she identified the suspect as the man she had seen stealing her father's tiller, police said.

Walter Alexander Hicks, 27, who has no fixed address, was charged with felony theft, police said.

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