Fort Howard Park light show is robbed Thieves tie up employees, escape with $6,999 RTC


Two masked men -- one with a silver-plated revolver -- robbed the Fantasy of Lights holiday light show at Fort Howard Park in Edgemere on Saturday and escaped with $6,999, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Most of the money came from the show's gate receipts for Saturday night, and the rest was personal cash from two workers, police said.

Police said that shortly before 11 p.m., two men wearing masks and dressed in black entered the office, handcuffed the manager and a female part-time employee, bound their feet with duct tapeand took money from the safe and from the two workers.

The robbers also took the woman's car, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and drove it to the entrance of the park, where, witnesses said, they escaped in a silver, four-door Nissan Altima driven by a third person, police said.

After the robbery, the manager's wife, who was nearby turning off the display of lights, heard her husband and the other worker yelling and called police.

Police said the Altima was rented from a company in Glen Burnie and was returned yesterday morning. Police said they have no other leads.

The holiday light show at Fort Howard Park off North Point Road in the east county is sponsored by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks to raise money for the facility. This is the show's third year.

For $10 each, motorists can drive through the park to view more than 100 light displays that depict holiday scenes. The show opened in late November and ends Jan. 3. Last year, attendance plunged by 40 percent to 10,200 vehicles, the Recreation and Parks Department reported in March.

Pub Date: 12/15/97

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