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Deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office are investigating three unrelated robberies reported last weekend.

In Edgewood, Diane M. Roussey, 35, of Fallston told deputies she was walking in the Edgewater Village apartment complex about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 23 when she was accosted by a man and two women. She said the man stole her wallet and money and the women struck her on the head with a pair of shoes. She suffered minor injuries, deputies said.

In Aberdeen, two Edgewood taxi drivers reported being robbed about 1:15 a.m. Sept. 24.

The drivers, Denice Lynn Thon, 25, of Bel Air and Burns James Martin, 26, of Aberdeen said they were in the 1400 block of Pulaski Highway after Ms. Thon's taxi developed tire trouble and Mr. Martin stopped to assist. Two men walked up and offered to help.

After several minutes, the men pulled guns, the drivers said.

One held a pistol to Mr. Martin's head and the other threatened Ms. Thon with a pistol, they said.

The assailants fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

In Joppatowne, Lee Alan Mimna, 35, of Middle River told $H deputies he was outside a convenience store on Joppa Farm Road when four men approached about 2 a.m. Sept. 24. He said he walked away, but three men followed and attacked him.

Mr. Mimna said he shouted for help and the men fled after lights went on in nearby homes.

Soon after, Mr. Mimna said, he was leaving the area on Towne Center Drive when he saw a light-blue two-door car following him. Three men got out of the car, beat him and stole his wallet, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.

Mr. Mimna was treated at Fallston General Hospital for facial lacerations and released, deputies said.

Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to call the Harford County Crime Solvers' hot line at (410) 877-STOP.

In other law-enforcement matters last week:

* James Michael Cromartie McKoy, 25, of Baltimore was arrested Sept. 24 on robbery and theft charges stemming from a Sept. 11 incident at Express Deli Mart in Edgewood.

Assisted by Baltimore police, Detective Lillian Williams of the sheriff's office arrested Mr. McKoy, a former Edgewood resident, in Baltimore.

He was being held at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 bond, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Charging documents said a man entered the deli in the 600 block of Edgewood Road and pretended to buy a candy bar about 6 p.m. He then grabbed the arm of clerk Jayesh A. Patel, 30, and demanded money from the clerk's pocket.

Witnesses provided a description of a getaway vehicle, which was traced to the suspect, the spokesman said.

* Sheriff's deputies arrested a Joppa couple, alleging that the husband and wife fabricated a report about three armed men breaking into their home Sept. 18 and stealing electronic equipment.

The couple identified a man as one of the robbers, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Marty Ray Hicks, 26, and Patricia Dee Hicks, 26, of the 1000 block of Joppa Road were charged with making a false report and released Sept. 21 on their own recognizance, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, the spokesman.

He said the man they accused of stealing their television, videocassette recorder and stereo, was freed after being held for about 28 hours.

After arresting the man, Deputy 1st Class Tom Walsh of the sheriff's criminal investigation division learned that a couple had tried to buy drugs by selling the electronic items the evening of Sept. 17, the sergeant said.

After obtaining enough information from witnesses to believe the Hickses' report was false, the detective notified the county state's attorney to release the man, the sergeant said.

* William Charles Gay, 28, of the 500 block of Meadowood Drive in Edgewood was arrested on charges of breaking into the Harford Rental Store in the 2700 block of Pulaski Highway about 4:10 a.m. Tuesday.

While answering a burglary call at the store, Deputy 1st Class Kevin Thomas saw a man riding a bicycle nearby.

After verifying the break-in and learning that money had been stolen, the deputy broadcast a description of the bicycle rider.

Mr. Gay was arrested in the 1000 block of Edgewood Road.

Investigators said they recovered an undisclosed amount of money and charged Mr. Gay with breaking and entering, malicious destruction over $300 and theft under $300.

* State fire marshals are investigating three Harford fires.

In Fallston, an attic fire broke out in a vacant, two-story residence in the 600 block of Old Fallston Road about noon Sept. 23.

The cause was arson, said fire marshals, who estimated the damage at $1,000.

In Darlington, arson was the cause of a 2:30 a.m. blaze Sept. 24 in the 2300 block of Castleton Road that caused about $10,000 in damage, officials said.

The fire broke out in a frame garage, where two antique vehicles were stored, before spreading to a vacant, two-story frame house and nearby woodshed, fire marshals said. The amount of damage had not been determined, fire marshals said.

In Cooptown, a trash fire broke out about 8 a.m. Sept. 24 on Poteet Road. Its cause remains undetermined, fire marshals said.

The fire, which had burned out by the time firefighters arrived, caused minor heat and fire damage to a construction trailer.

D8 No one was injured in the fires, fire marshals said.

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