Po­lice ar­rest rob­bery get­away driver

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— The al­leged get­away driver in an armed rob­bery that oc­curred at a con­ve­nience store ear­lier this week is now in cus­tody, ac­cord­ing to the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested the sus­pect, Wil­liam Thomas Clarke, 30, of the 100 block of Cathe­dral Street in Elkton, on Wed­nes­day af­ter he was spot­ted in the area of Bridge Street and Cathe­dral Street, close to his res­i­dence, po­lice said.

Clark was in a white 1998 Cadil­lac, which in­ves­ti­ga­tors had iden­ti­fied as the get­away car, when he was spot­ted mo­ments be­fore his ar­rest, po­lice added.

Clarke’s ar­rest came one day af­ter of­fi­cers had

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cap­tured 29-year-old Frank Stephen Thodos — the man ac­cused of car­ry­ing out the holdup at the 7-Eleven in the 1500 block of Elkton Road about 12:45 a.m. Tues­day — on Cathe­dral Street, where he had been spot­ted in a ve­hi­cle, po­lice re­ported.

On Fri­day, Clark and Thodos re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $75,000 and $200,000 bonds re­spec­tively. They are fac­ing sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery, first-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and theft of less than $1,000. Clarke also is fac­ing mir­ror­ing con­spir­acy counts, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records.

Po­lice al­lege that Clark drove Thodos to the 7-Eleven in that Cadil­lac to com­mit the armed rob­bery, which Thodos car­ried out with­out first mak­ing any ef­fort to hide his face and hair, and then drove him away from the store af­ter the holdup.

Thodos, who lives in the 100 block of Hollingsworth Manor in Elkton, al­legedly al­luded that he pos­sessed a hand­gun dur­ing the rob­bery, po­lice re­ported.

“He ap­proached the clerk. He had his hand in­side his waist­band, in­di­cat­ing he had a weapon, and de­manded money,” out­lined Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.

Af­ter the em­ployee opened the reg­is­ter to com­ply, the sus­pect “took the whole cash reg­is­ter drawer” and then ran out of the store with it, Holmes re­ported.

A store sur­veil­lance cam­era video­taped the armed rob­bery, which as­sisted CCSO Det. Jeremy Stro­hecker in iden­ti­fy­ing the Thodos as the sus­pect, po­lice said. As it turns out, po­lice added, Stro­hecker knows Thodos.

“The sus­pect made no at­tempt to con­ceal his face,” Holmes said. “As soon as De­tec­tive Stro­hecker saw the sur­veil­lance video, he rec­og­nized the sus­pect as Frank Thodos. He has had prior con­tacts with the sus­pect.”

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that fol­lowed, Stro­hecker was able to iden­tify Clarke as the get­away driver, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

CLARKE

THODOS

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCSO

This sur­veil­lance photo shows the man who al­legedly robbed a 7-Eleven near Elkton early Tues­day morn­ing. He has since been iden­ti­fied and ar­rested, po­lice re­ported.

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