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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore County police are investigating a second home-invasion robbery of an elderly man in two days, this one in a Towson apartment building.

Police said a man entered a ground-floor apartment in the 800 block of Mockingbird Lane about 7:30 a.m. yesterday by jumping over the balcony rail and kicking open the door.

Bernard Martin, 71, "woke up to the sounds of the door being forced open. As he was getting out of bed, he was confronted by the suspect in his bedroom," said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman.

Police said the man waved a knife at Martin and demanded cash, which Martin provided. Warehime described it as a "small amount" of money. Martin was not injured.

The man left in a recent-model white van with black stripes along the bottom, Warehime said.

Early Wednesday, an 83-year-old Woodlawn man was severely beaten and robbed inside his home. Police have made no arrests in that incident.

"We do not see a connection [between the two incidents] other than both victims are elderly," Warehime said.

County police said home-invasion robberies declined in the first seven months of the year. Seven such robberies occurred between Jan. 1 and July 20, 1998, five over the same period last year and four so far this year.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

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