Police: Gunman in recent robbery captured
Suspected in rash of Md., Pa. robberies
— Investigators have captured the alleged gunman in a string of Cecil County armed robberies this month, with the most recent one occurring at a Fair Hill convenience store on Sunday night — a day after a failed holdup at a North East-area hotel, police reported.
Maryland State Police detectives arrested the suspect, Christopher Lewis, 27, of Rising Sun, on Tuesday, according to Lt. Jim DeCourcey, commander of the agency’s Northern Region Criminal Enforcement Unit.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the second suspect in those armed robberies had not been identified.
Details of Lewis’ arrest were unavailable as of Tuesday afternoon.
“He is in custody. The warrant for his arrest is for the Citgo armed robbery,” DeCourcey said, before qualifying, “But we have additional information linking him to other cases. The investigation is continuing.”
DeCourcey noted that the arrest of Lewis reflects a “collaborative effort
between Maryland State Police, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police,” all of which are handling one or more of the armed robbery investigations.
The latest in the rash of armed robberies occurred at the Fair Hill Citgo in the 4400 block of Telegraph Road (Route 273), north of Elkton, shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, when a man now identified as Lewis allegedly walked up to the checkout counter, brandished a “small caliber handgun” and demanded money, police said.
After the employee surrendered an undisclosed sum of cash, police added, the gunman ran from the store.
At 2:30 a.m. Saturday, some 40 hours earlier, two men — one of them was holding a silver or chrome handgun — walked toward the Best Western on Old Bayview Road near Cecil College, This surveillance photo shows a gunman robbing the Fair Hill Citgo on Sunday night. That suspect, now identified as Christopher Lewis, 27, of Rising Sun, was captured Tuesday, police reported.
north of North East, with the apparent intent to rob the place, police reported.
However, the suspects fled after realizing that the lobby doors were locked, according to investigators, who also reported that the men were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts, dark pants, dark ski masks and gloves.
Investigators believe that the duo in those two weekend incidents are responsible for three other armed robberies that also occurred in Cecil County this month, as well as one in southern Pennsylvania, according to DeCourcey.
“We think they’re being perpetrated by the same individuals. All indications are they are related. There are too many coincidences,” DeCourcey said Monday, referring to the suspects in six robberyrelated incidents during that 16day span.
Detectives believe the string of armed robberies started about 8:15 p.m. May 6, when a man brandishing a “snub-nosed revolver” robbed the High’s Dairy Store in the 5600 block of Telegraph Road (Route 273), near the Blue Ball Road intersection, north of Elkton.
The second one occurred about 9:45 a.m. May 13 at the Dollar General in Conowingo, where, once again, a gunman demanded money and then fled after the cashier relinquished an undisclosed sum of money.
At about 9 p.m. May 14 the suspects struck again, this time at the Pantry One in the 1800 block of Conowingo Road near Rising Sun, Police released this photo of Christopher Lewis, 27, of Rising Sun, on Tuesday, shortly after investigators arrested him in connection with Saturday’s armed robbery at a Fair Hill store.
according to DeCourcey, who noted that the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office is handling that investigation.
Then, in the most recent cases, the suspects resurfaced twice over the weekend — first at the Best Western on Saturday morning and then at the Fair Hill Citgo on Sunday night.
Detectives also believe that the pair committed an armed robbery about 7 p.m. May 17 at the Little Britain Store in Quarryville, Pa., police reported.
“We are working closely with the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police,” DeCourcey said.
Store surveillance cameras videotaped the gunman during the attempted armed robbery and some of the armed robberies, which, according to police, involved two suspects. As of Tuesday, detectives were still looking into the use of a getaway driver and, or, a lookout during those robberies, police reported.
Investigators have circulated photos of the suspects in the robberies, including the gunman believed to be Lewis, and are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information that might help investigators is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587. Based on the results of the information given, tipsters are eligible to receive a reward up to $2,000.
People with information also can call MSP’s North East barrack at 410-996-7800 or CCSO Detective Tyler Price at 410-392-2124.
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