A band of armed teen-agers went on a robbery spree of convenience stores in Baltimore and Baltimore County early yesterday -- at one point holding up two within 12 minutes, police said.
Two suspects were arrested about 5: 30 a.m. when Baltimore County Sgt. Thomas Bachur pulled over a tan 1990 Honda Civic on York Road near a Royal Farm store in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood. Police are searching for two other youths.
In the car, investigators said, they found money, cigarettes and electronic pagers taken from the stores. Police also said they found three loaded handguns -- two in the car and one tucked in the waistband of a 15-year-old boy.
The names of the suspects were not released yesterday.
City and county police said they are investigating the group's possible involvement in a string of similar holdups.
Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said that in each holdup, a 17-year-old girl went into the store, apparently to scout it out, and then was followed by three teen-age males, all of whom were armed.
Police said the first robbery occurred about 2: 48 a.m. at a Royal Farm in the 6400 block of Pulaski Highway, in an industrial area of East Baltimore.
Police said the suspects jumped into the car and sped down North Point Boulevard, onto Eastern Avenue and into Baltimore County. About 3 a.m., a Royal Farms in the 8200 block of Eastern Ave., at the Diamond Point Plaza, was held up.
From there, police said the group drove back into the city and robbed a Royal Farm at 33rd and St. Paul streets in Charles Village about 5 a.m.
Police said Bachur stopped the Honda 25 minutes later in the 6800 block of York Road, just north of the city line.