A man suspected in three armed holdups at Howard County supermarkets since November apparently struck again late Friday, fleeing with about $300 in cash after threatening an Ellicott City Safeway clerk by showing a gun tucked in his waistband.
About a half-hour before the store's closing, the robber approached the clerk and handed her a note that read: "One wrong move and you're dead."
The robber lifted his shirt, revealing an automatic handgun.
As he was handed the cash, the robber grabbed change from the register and ordered the unidentified woman to lie on the floor, police said.
The cashier remained on the floor about 30 seconds before a customer told her the robber was gone, according to police and witnesses.
The same Safeway, in the 4300 block of Montgomery Road, was robbed about the same time Nov. 3 by a man with a similar description -- black, in his 30s, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 195 pounds.
Concealed video cameras used to monitor the store were not operating at the time of the holdup. The store's management also had failed to use the video system before the earlier robbery, police said.
Police suspect the same person held up a Super Fresh grocery store at the Elkridge Corners Shopping Center at Montgomery Road and U.S. 1 on Dec. 8 and Dec. 20.
Pub Date: 12/28/97