4 arrested, 5th sought in holdup of Harford convenience store


Four Baltimore County residents were arrested and a fifth was being sought in the armed robbery yesterday morning of a Harford County convenience store.

State police in Bel Air said a Royal Farms store in Churchville was robbed about 1: 25 a.m. Police stopped a 1999 Toyota Corolla traveling south on Interstate 95 in Joppa and arrested three occupants. Two others fled into a nearby woods. Hours later, one of them was arrested at his Essex home.

Charged in connection with the robbery and held at the Harford County Detention Center were Melanie L. Smith, 19, of the first block of Hedgeford Court; Mark B. Topfer, 18, of the first block of Waldmann Mill Court; and Ronald R. Jackson, 19, of the first block of Bellington Court, all of Perry Hall; and William Burr, 20, of the 2000 block of Firethorn Road, Essex.

Pub Date: 9/16/99

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