Supermarket customer robbed in parking lot


For the second time in a month, a woman loading groceries in the parking lot of a Glen Burnie Giant Food store has been robbed by an armed man, according to county police records.

"Obviously it's a concern to us. We're hopeful that [our concerns] will be addressed," said a Giant corporate spokesman.

One of the women attacked in the lot of the store in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway has complained that lighting in the Giant parking lot is inadequate.

In the latest incident, a woman whom police refused to name reported that she was approached by a man in the parking lot about 8: 30 p.m. Wednesday as she was putting groceries in her car. He told her he had a gun and, while she didn't see a weapon, she noticed that the man was holding a large bulge under his jacket, the woman told police.

She said she complied when the man demanded her purse. He ran toward Americana Circle Apartments behind the store, police said.

In August, a woman was robbed as she loaded groceries, police said.

Kimberly Ann Nelson, 30, had set two bags of groceries down near a rear wheel of her 1992 red Dodge Stealth while she put four other bags on the passenger seat. When she slid into the driver's seat and reached for her bags they were gone, she said in an interview.

A man approached her, holding the bags, pulled out a knife and ordered her to slide over, police said. She fought with the man and pushed him away, but he made off with her car, according to police reports.

Nelson said she could not give police a good description of her attacker because of poor lighting on the parking lot.

Mark Roeder, a Giant spokesman, said at that time that the property owner had redone the parking lot lights during the summer.

Roeder said yesterday that the owner has promised Giant a new study of the lighting. He said Giant also has increased the number of uniformed and plainclothes detectives in the store and asked them to "keep an eye" on the parking lot.

Also yesterday, the company formally requested increased patrols by county police.

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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