Bank is robbed by 2 men, one armed with gun


Two men robbed a First National Bank Thursday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

The men walked into the bank in the 900 block of Bestgate Road shortly before 10 a.m., and one of them pulled out a small black handgun and demanded money, police said.

Two tellers handed over money to the men, who then ran out of the bank and drove off in a small white or silver-colored compact car, police said.

Woman charged in shoplifting

A Mitchellville woman was arrested Thursday evening after $341 worth of clothes was stolen from a Hecht's store in the Annapolis Mall, county police said.

A store security officer told police that a woman came into the store about 6 p.m. and stuffed six shirts, five dresses, a vest and a pair of pants into a shopping bag, then tried to leave without paying, police said. The security officer held the woman until police arrived.

Christina Marie Hui, 18, of the 10000 block of Foxridge Court was charged with felony theft.

Man charged in attempt to steal license tag

A Lothian man was arrested Friday morning in the attempted theft of a license tag, county police said.

Officer Keith Hoffman was on routine patrol about 12:15 a.m. when he checked the grounds of the Tri-County Business Center in the 5400 block of Southern Maryland Blvd. He saw a man unscrewing the rear license plate from a 1986 Ford Escort parked near one of the businesses, police said.

The man spotted Officer Hoffman's patrol car and quickly reattached the license plate, police said. Officer Hoffman arrested the man after he admitted not having permission to tamper with the car.

Kevin Lee Strength, 24, of the 100 block of Lyons Creek Mobile Estates was charged with attempted theft and tampering with a vehicle.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A burned-out headlight led to a traffic stop Thursday morning that ended with a Mayo man's arrest on drug and weapons charges, county police said.

Officer Richard Hicks was on routine patrol about 2:25 a.m. when saw a 1984 Buick Skylark heading west on Route 214 near Turkey Point Road, police said. Noticing that the car's passenger-side headlight was burned out, Officer Hicks made a U-turn, followed the car and stopped it at Eighth and Hillside avenues in the Selby Beach community, police said.

The driver had no registration card. Officer Hicks saw a black leather holster on the floor in front of the passenger seat, ordered the driver out of the car and saw a semiautomatic handgun between the door and the driver's seat, police said.

Officer Hicks arrested the driver, searched the car and found a .22-caliber Ruger revolver under the driver's seat, a loaded cylinder for the weapon on the floor of the passenger side, a steak knife and a wooden pipe with suspected marijuana residue, police said.

The handgun was a loaded pellet gun. Officer Hicks also found a bag containing two grams of suspected marijuana and another pipe with suspected cocaine residue in the man's jacket, police said.

Walter Ray Daughety, 26, of the 100 block of Maryland Ave. was charged with possession of marijuana and transporting a handgun.

Police seek man accused of giving false identity

County police are looking for a Glen Burnie man charged with giving his uncle's name, age and address when he was arrested on drug charges June 7, officials said.

When Officer David Frendlich arrested him June 7, the man had no identification and told police his name was Timothy Raymond Barth, police said. He said he was 35 years old and that he lived in the 500 block of Sixth St. in Pasadena.

On Wednesday, the real Timothy Raymond Barth called police and said he had received mail from District Court about the June 7 charges. Mr. Barth told police the man they wanted was probably his nephew, who has used his name on previous occasions when arrested, police said. The men are similar in age and appearance, police said.

Officer Frendlich used mug shots and fingerprints to confirm the supect's identity. He was arrested about 2 a.m. June 7 after police found suspected marijuana in his pocket.

He was released on his own recognizance the same day, District Court records show.

Carl Lee Knapp, 36, of the 1600 block of Tieman Drive has been charged in a warrant with making a false statement to police. He has two other outstanding warrants on drug charges, police said.

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