Four hunted in theft of ATM in Annapolis

Anne Arundel County police are searching for four men who held up a mall security guard in the predawn hours yesterday, then used her vehicle to steal an ATM from Westfield Shoppingtown in Annapolis.

About 4 a.m., the victim called police and reported that men wearing dark clothing, ski masks and hooded sweat shirts had approached her near the mall's West Street entrance and forced her at gunpoint into the security office, police said. The men took the guard's keys to the mall and to her security vehicle.

When police arrived, they searched the mall and discovered that a freestanding automated teller machine was missing from the west side of the mall in front of Mama Sbarros restaurant. Police found the guard's security truck on a McDonald's parking lot across from the mall.

There is evidence that the robbers left the mall wearing security uniforms, police said. The holdup was sophisticated and planned in advance, Lt. David Waltemeyer said.

Scott deGraffenreid, a mall spokesman, said he did not know whether the ATM was affiliated with a bank. He declined to comment further.

ATMs are often the site of robberies, but thefts of such machines are less common, police say.

In 2003, thieves used a pickup truck and chains to yank an ATM from its base in a Crownsville convenience store, but it was recovered with all of its money inside.

Police are reviewing security cameras and ask that anyone with information about the crime call the Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-8610 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Fatal motel shooting probed

Aberdeen police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 34-year-old restaurant worker who was killed at a motel yesterday morning.

Police responded to Ken's Motel in the 600 block of S. Philadelphia Blvd. in Aberdeen at 6:05 a.m. yesterday for a report of shots fired.

Officers found Robin Lee Welshons, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, in a motel room. She died at the scene, police said.

Sgt. Stephen Smith, an Aberdeen police spokesman, declined to say where or how many times the woman had been shot. He said Welshons was a lifelong resident of the area, was living at the motel and had worked most recently as a waitress at a Havre de Grace restaurant.

Police said they have no suspects and know of no motive in the killing.

Jennifer McMenamin

3 now face a murder charge

Three men arrested in the shootings of three other men last month were charged with first-degree murder yesterday after the death of one of the victims, city police said.

Lamont Smith, 21, of the 1100 block of E. Fairmount Ave. and two other men were shot about 8 p.m. Jan. 27 as they walked along Goldsmith Alley in West Baltimore, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

A short time later, police arrested three suspects on nearby Brunswick Street and charged each with attempted murder. Two of the victims have survived, but Smith died at 1:40 a.m. yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Moses said.

Held at Central Booking and Intake Center since their arrests, and now charged with murder, are Charles Dennis, 21, of the 100 block of Violet Hill White Way; Michael T. Parker, 23, of the 5000 block of The Alameda; and Donte Miller, 27, of the 3900 block of Bayville Road, Middle River.

Richard Irwin

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