Suspect nabbed after robbery attempt
Tried to rob Dollar Deals store
— A woman tried to rob a discount store in Elkton on Labor Day, only to find herself in handcuffs a short distance away from the crime scene moments later, police reported Tuesday.
The attempted armed robbery o c c u r r ed about 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Dollar Deals store in the Big Elk Mall, where the suspect — Amanda Lynn Self, 33, of the 200 block of Nottingham Road near Elkton — handed a cashier a note indicating she had a handgun and demanding money, according to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.
“The suspect never displayed a firearm. The employee did not immediately comply with the request,” Zurolo said, adding, “At some point during this
interaction, a customer of the store approached the register area; this caused the suspect to flee the scene.”
Responding to the attempted robbery call, EPD officers arrived at the store and learned from the victim and witnesses that the bandit was wearing cargo shorts, flip flops, white socks, a dark T-shirt and a white visor, police said. They also received
a physical description of the suspect, which included her having distinctively short brown hair, police added.
Officers expediently searched for the described suspect, according to Zurolo.
“Due to the quick re-
sponse and arrival on scene, officers were able to quickly set up a perimeter and begin a canvass of the area. In short notice, officers located a female subject, matching the description of the suspect, sitting against the building occupied by Key Lime Taxi,” he explained.
Key Lime Taxi is headquartered at 222 S. Bridge St., a road that runs by the
western entrance to the Big Elk Mall.
Moments later, after officers took that woman into custody and arranged for the victim to see her, the store employee “positively identified” that woman, identified as Self, as the person who had tried to rob the Dollar Deals, police reported.
Self is is facing five criminal charges, including
armed robbery, reckless endangerment and attempted theft of less than $1,000, according to Cecil County District Court records.
She remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bond early Tuesday afternoon, after a bail review hearing in which the judge elected not to change the amount of her original bond, court records show.