Man robs dry cleaners, worker after asking for garment


Police are looking for a customer at a Lothian dry cleaners who threatened an employee with a gun and stole money, county police said.

An employee at Superior Cleaners in the 5400 block of S. Maryland Blvd. told police the man entered the store shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday and asked for a dress he said his mother had left under the name of Bradley.

When the employee could not find the dress, the man left. Moments later, he returned and said the dress might be under the name Moreland, police said. As the worker checked his files, the man pulled out a black automatic pistol and told him to lie on the floor, officers said.

The man took money from the cash register and demanded the employee's wallet. The gunman forced him to lock himself in a rear bathroom, police said.

The employee waited about 20 minutes, then let himself out and called police. He told officers the gunman ransacked an office desk and may have taken a suede jacket as he left.

Police have no description of the man, but when he left the store the first time he drove away in a light gray Jeep Cherokee.

2 men, 1 with shotgun, rob Glen Burnie store

Two men -- one armed with a sawed-off shotgun -- robbed the Glen Burnie Alrenco store Thursday, county police said.

Employees told police the men entered the store in the 7400 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 11 a.m. and pulled the tTC shotgun from a bag.

The men forced the employees to the back of the store, took cash from a register and merchandise and left in a gold Hyundai, police said.

One of the men was described as black, 18 to 20 years old, 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a thin build, dark complexion and a black dot under his eye, police said. Police did not have a description of the gunman.

Man charged with theft from construction site

A Mariottsville man was arrested and charged with stealing items from a Severn house under construction, county police said.

Officer Jack R. Hartzell said he was checking the construction site near Disney Road about 5 a.m. Wednesday when he saw someone run across Disney Estates Circle and duck behind a red, black and white pickup truck parked in the driveway of a house in the 1800 block, police said.

Officer Hartzell searched, but found no one, police said. Police knocked on the door of the house, and a woman who answered told them the truck was not hers. But she said she saw someone pull into her driveway, cross the street to the construction site, bring back items from the house and put them in the truck, police said.

Officer Hartzell later found a man lying across the front seat of the truck, police said. The man told police the items in the truck were his, but another officer found footprints inside the house being built that matched the tread on the man's boots, police said. .

Kevin Lee Miller, 24, of the 1500 block of Henryton Road was charged with burglary and theft.

5 arrested in theft of cash and CDs

Police arrested five men Thursday and charged them with breaking into an Annapolis home and stealing more than $345 and compact discs.

Zachary Jay Forman, 18, had told police that when he arrived at his house in the 2700 block of Thyme Drive in Annapolis about 2:15 p.m., he found a back door open. He heard noises upstairs and called the 911 emergency number, then went outside and saw two men running from the back door, police said.

Officers said one of the burglars had broken a kitchen window, climbed inside and let the others into the house.

An officer stopped a 1991 Toyota Corolla on Cardamon Drive a few minutes later, arrested four of the men and recovered the cash, 16 CDs and a pellet rifle, police said. A fifth suspect was arrested later that evening.

Lytton Edward Peake III, 20, of the 1600 block of Fullerton Road in Edgewater, John Augustus Taylor Jr., 18, of the 900 block of Governor Bridge Road in Davidsonville, Jason Jeremy Knapp, 19, of the 300 block of S. River Clubhouse Road in Harwood,

Devine Michael Healey, 19, of the 700 block of Springdale Ave. in Annapolis and Richard Henry Murray IV, 18, of the 400 block of Porpoise Lane in Riva were charged with first-degree burglary and felony theft. Mr. Peake also was charged with carrying a handgun and a knife, police said.

Young man flees after robbery attempt

A young man who told his victim that his father had ordered him from his house attempted to rob a Ferndale Royal Farm store, but ran out before getting money, county police said.

The clerk told police the man walked into the store in the 7100 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday and stood in front of the cash register with his hands in his pockets.

When the clerk asked the young man if she could help him, he replied, "I'm sorry I have to do this to you, but my dad threw me out and I don't have any money."

The clerk and the youth looked at each other for several seconds then the boy ran out, police said.

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