AEGIS STAFF REPORT
9:47 AM EST, November 17, 2011
A string of five armed robberies in three northeastern Maryland counties that began a week ago at the Maryland House travel plaza on I-95 near Aberdeen appears to be the work of the same person or people, Maryland State Police said late Wednesday afternoon.
State Police at the JFK Barack issued a news release in which they linked the robberies to at least one person; however, they had said previously that witnesses at the Maryland House might have seen a suspect drive off in the company two people.
The most recent of the robberies occurred Tuesday around 6:20 p.m. at the Rite Aid drug store in the 1000 block of Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace, state police said.
Similar robberies also occurred at convenience stores in Aberdeen in Harford County last Friday, Perryville in Cecil County on Sunday and in Overlea in Baltimore County on Monday.
At the Shell station in 1000 block of Middleton Road in Aberdeen last Friday around 6:14 p.m., a robbery was videotaped by the store’s security camera, Aberdeen city police said earlier this week.
At a Royal Farms store on Route 40 in Perryville, which was robbed around 8:52 p.m. Sunday, Perryville town police later told the Cecil Whig that store employees were so shaken, they could provide few details.
The robbery in Overlea occurred Monday around 11:35 a.m. at a 7-Eleven store in the 7600 block of Belair Road.
The first robbery occurred around 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Exxon station at the busy Maryland House complex on I-95 just south of the Aberdeen exit.
The robber, whom state police described as a white man wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and a white T-shirt, walked into the gas station and browsed the snack aisle. He purchased a food item and continued to browse.
A short time later, police said, the robber returned to the cashier, demanded cash and displayed a handgun. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect ran away and possibly entered a silver car.
State police said the robber is believed to be 18 to 25 years old, 5-7 to 5-9 tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.
Anyone with information about the robberies and/or the suspect is urged to call or text or visit the website of Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587, mcs plus your message to 274637 or http://www.metocrimestoppers.org. Phone calls are not recorded and all callers remain anonymous.
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