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Shoplifting suspect accused of biting merchant


County police arrested a Laurel woman Thursday on charges that she tried to shoplift items from a Super Fresh store in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road and assaulted a store manager.

Police were called to the store shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday. When an officer arrived, the woman walked up to him, confessed to stealing and asked to be arrested, police said.

The store manager, who was trying to detain the woman for police, had a bite mark on his leg, a cut on his finger and blood on his clothes, officers said.

The manager said the woman had tried to steal underwear, cigarette lighters and girls' hair ties.

Police charged Marva Renee Queen, 25, of the 3500 block of Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, with theft and battery.

Theater burglarized in Crofton Center

A burglar removed glass from the door to enter Loewe's Theater in the Crofton Center shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday, rifled the change boxes of the arcade games and candy machines, then took $200 from a safe in the manager's office, county police said.

Police said a clock in the manager's office was stopped at 3:45 a.m., apparently having been unplugged by the burglar

A Hair Cuttery in the same complex was broken into that morning, police said.

Victim says burglars included his cousin

A Hanover man reported that he walked out of his bedroom Thursday afternoon to find his cousin and two other men burglarizing his house. The men fled with $460 worth of stereo equipment, county police said.

Aaron Matthews told police that he was awakened just after 1 p.m. when he heard noises downstairs in his house in the 7600 block of Post Road.

When he went downstairs to investigate, he saw his cousin and two other men carrying his stereo speakers, police said. When the men saw him, they ran out the front door with the speakers and fled in a blue Chevy Astro van parked in the driveway on the side of the house, police said.

Mr. Matthews told police he did not know the two other men. Officers said the culprits entered the house by prying the back door open.

Pair arrested in 2 robberies

County police arrested a Baltimore man Thursday who was wanted in the holdup last month of a Pasadena bank and the robbery of a Glen Burnie newsstand.

Byron Smoot, 34, of no fixed address, was wanted in the Sept. 6 robbery of the Atlantic Federal Savings Bank in the 3800 block of Mountain Road and the Sept. 30 robbery of the News Center in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

Also arrested was James Hughes, 37, of the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace, wanted with Mr. Smoot in the News Center robbery.

County police, working with the Baltimore City police robbery unit, arrested the men shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday as they went into a house in the city, police said.

Police said they seized a gun from Mr. Smoot and recovered two stolen cars. One had been stolen Sept. 24 in a Baltimore car jacking, and the other had been stolen Monday from a car dealership on Belair Avenue.

Mr. Smoot was charged with two counts of armed robbery, and Mr. Hughes was charged with one count of armed robbery.

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