A 30-year-old Taneytown man was arrested yesterday after being stopped for questioning about three strong-arm robberies in Westminster this week, authorities said.
Aaron M. Derr, of the first block of Frederick Street, is being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center on a parole violation. No charges have been filed in the robberies.
Derr was apprehended in Taneytown while driving his grandmother's car about 9 a.m. yesterday, said Lt. Randy Barnes, a Westminster police spokesman. Detectives were looking for Derr and the car, Barnes said, because a witness to a robbery Wednesday at Englar Shopping Center had provided a description of the vehicle and its license plate number.
"Detectives traced the car's registration to the suspect's grandmother," Barnes said, "and she said the suspect had borrowed her car."
Barnes said the first robbery occurred at 9: 30 a.m. Tuesday in an alley off West Green Street, where an 81-year-old man was walking. A man approached him from behind, pulled a wallet containing $55 from his pocket and fled.
At 8: 30 a.m. Wednesday, a man approached a 57-year-old woman in the parking lot at 140 Village shopping center and demanded her pocketbook, Barnes said. The woman refused and the man fled, he said.
The third incident occurred at 2: 25 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached an 80-year-old man who was getting into his car at Englar Shopping Center, Barnes said.
"A suspect grabbed the elderly man around his upper torso and removed a wallet containing $80 from [his] pocket," Barnes said.
As the mugger fled, the man began chasing him and yelling for help, Barnes said.
"A passing motorist heard his cries for help, saw what was happening and got the tag number of the car," Barnes said.
Pub Date: 9/13/96