Two armed robberies involving a masked man occurred within minutes of each other Wednesday night in Crofton, but Anne Arundel police say they have made no connection between the incidents.
"There is no indication yet that these crimes are linked in any way," said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas, who noted yesterday in a news release that both incidents involved a young male suspect who used a black bandana to disguise his identity.
As of late yesterday, no arrests had been made in the case, Urbas said.
Police gave the following accounts of what happened:
The first robbery, which occurred about 8:20 p.m. in the 2000 block of Friendly Place, was committed by two men who forced their way into a home, threatened an 18-year-old resident with handguns and then demanded cash and the keys to the family's cars. Before fleeing the scene on foot, they stole two laptop computers and two watches.
The second incident occurred about 8:30 p.m., when a man held up three male teenagers as they walked in the 900 block of Eastham Court.
The robber pulled a gun on the group, ordered them onto the ground and checked their pockets for cash and wallets before fleeing.
None of the victims was hurt during the incidents.
Urbas said that no other similar robberies have taken place recently in the Crofton area and that Wednesday's incidents are still under investigation. He encouraged residents to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity.