|Friday, November 18, 2011 – Steve Fermier|
|Authorities in three counties are hoping they’ve put a stop to an alleged one-man crime wave.
Last night State Troopers arrested 25-year old Michael Malpass of Charlestown.
Malpass allegedly committed robberies in Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore counties over more than a week earlier this month.
The first, and the one for which he was charged, happened at the Maryland House Travel Plaza Exxon station on the 9th, near Aberdeen.
A clerk said a man with a possible handgun in a waistband robbed him before fleeing in a silver vehicle.
During the next week five more armed holdups at gas stations, a convenience store, and a pharmacy were investigated.
The holdups include a November 11th robbery of Shell gas station on Middleton Road in Aberdeen, a November 13th robbery of the Royal Farms Store on Pulaski Highway in Perryville, a November 14th robbery of a 7-Eleven store on Belair Road in Overlea, and a November 15th robbery of a Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace.
Investigators believe the same suspect was also responsible for the armed robbery of a Walgreen’s Pharmacy on Harford Road in Parkville on the morning of November 17th.
No one was hurt during the robberies, State Police said. Investigators credit a photo taken during a robbery in Baltimore County and contacts from citizens with leading them to the suspect.
Malpass was stopped on Pulaski Highway in Perryville last night.
He now awaits a bail hearing and is charged with armed robbery, assault, and theft.