Two men rob U.S. 40 convenience store after they paid for merchandise twice


Two men robbed an Ellicott City convenience store last week less than an hour after buying cigarettes there, Howard County police said.

About 12:20 a.m. Friday, the men entered the Shell Mini-Mart in the 8500 block of U.S. 40, bought cigarettes and left. About 40 minutes later, they returned and walked through the aisles, picking up candy and potato chips until all of the customers left.

The two men then approached the clerk, paid for the merchandise and announced the robbery. They fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said. No weapon was displayed, and no one was injured, police said.

One suspect is a black man with a mustache who is about 5-foot-6. He was wearing a dark-colored ski cap, a white-and-black checked lumberjack-style coat and blue jeans.

The other suspect is a black man about 6 feet tall, with a light beard and a Caribbean accent. He was wearing a dark-colored ski cap, a black coat and blue jeans.

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