Two gun­men rob North East-area store

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Two gun­men re­mained on the loose Tues­day af­ter rob­bing a mar­ket over the week­end, po­lice re­ported.

The holdup oc­curred about 9 p.m. Satur­day at the Al­ger Coun­try Store in the 2800 block of North­east Road (Route 272), which is north of North East, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Jim DeCourcey, com­man­der of the Mary­land State Po­lice North­ern Re­gion Crim­i­nal En­force­ment Unit.

“The sus­pects came in, pre­sented their hand­guns and de­manded money from the clerk,” DeCourcey said, adding, “They (the sus­pects) opened the cash reg­is­ter them­selves.”

Af­ter grab­bing an undis­closed sum of money, the two ban­dits fled on foot, po­lice re­ported.

The sus­pects are de­scribed as men in their late teens to mid-20s, dressed

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in dark hooded jack­ets or sweat­shirts and dark pants, ac­cord­ing to DeCourcey, who noted, “They were pretty well cov­ered up.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that might help in­ves­ti­ga­tors is asked to call Metro Crime Stop­pers at 1-866-7562587. Based on the re­sults of the in­for­ma­tion given, tip­sters are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a re­ward up to $2,000.

As of Tues­day af­ter­noon, MSP de­tec­tives still were try­ing to de­ter­mine if the holdup at the Coun­try Store on Satur­day is re­lated to a rash of armed rob­beries that oc­curred in the north­ern sec­tion of Ce­cil County ear­lier in May, po­lice re­ported.

There are sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the Coun­try Store armed rob­bery and what in­ves­ti­ga­tors have deemed an at­tempted holdup at 2:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Best West­ern ho­tel on Old Bayview Road near Ce­cil Col­lege, north of North East, ac­cord­ing to DeCourcey.

In that in­ci­dent, which was video­taped by sur­veil­lance cam­eras, the two sus­pects — one of whom was hold­ing a sil­ver or chrome hand­gun — ap­proached the ho­tel, po­lice said. How­ever, the sus­pects fled af­ter re­al­iz­ing that the lobby doors were locked, po­lice added.

Since May 6, there have been five armed rob­beries at con­ve­nience stores and mar­kets in Ce­cil County — all of the holdups were caught by sur­veil­lance cam­eras— and MSP and Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve they are re­lated.

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.

A 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, ac­cord­ing to DeCourcey, who noted that the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is han­dling that in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Then at 6 p.m. May 22, a day af­ter the at­tempted rob­bery at the Best West­ern, a gun­man en­tered the Fair Hill Citgo in the 4400 block of Telegraph Road, north of Elk­ton, bran­dished a “small cal­iber hand­gun” and de­manded money, po­lice said. He fled af­ter an em­ployee sur­ren­dered an undis­closed sum of money, po­lice added.

On May 24, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip, in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested the al­leged gun­man in the Fair Hill Citgo armed rob­bery, iden­ti­fy­ing him as Christo­pher Lewis, 27, of Ris­ing Sun, and they filed sev­eral felonies against him re­lat­ing to that par­tic­u­lar crime.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also have de­vel­oped Lewis as a sus­pect in some of those other Ce­cil County armed rob­beries in May, as well as one that oc­curred at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Lit­tle Bri­tain Store in Quar­ryville, Pa., po­lice re­ported.

In ad­di­tion, de­tec­tives be­lieve that Lewis had an ac­com­plice who pos­si­bly served as a get­away driver or look­out. That sus­pect had not been cap­tured, as of Tues­day af­ter­noon.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MSP

This sur­veil­lance photo shows the two armed sus­pects dur­ing the rob­bery at Al­ger Coun­try Store, north of North East, on Satur­day night.

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