Holdups continue in county
Gunman, accomplice rob liquor store
— A gunman and his accomplice remained on the loose Tuesday after robbing a liquor store in Perryville over the weekend — marking the fourth unrelated holdup in Cecil County in six days, according to Maryland State Police.
The latest armed robbery occurred at 9:38 p.m. Saturday at East Coast Liquors at 5279 W. Pulaski Highway in Perryville, police reported.
With one of them brandishing a handgun, the robbers walked into the store and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerks, police said. After an employee surrendered an undisclosed sum of cash to them, police added, the bandits left the store and fled toward the rear of the building.
A store surveillance camera videotaped the armed robbery, and investigators have gleaned photos of the suspects from it, according to police. Detectives are posting those images on social media sites, including one for Metro Crime Stoppers, in hopes that someone can identify the suspects, police reported.
Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for a tip that leads to
the arrest and indictment of each suspect. Tipsters can call the 24-hour MCS hotline toll-free at 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). Or they can submit by texting “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637), or by web at www. metrocrimestoppers.org.
The suspects have been described only as black men in black clothing. One of them is seen wearing a black Baltimore Orioles cap bearing a white “O’s” emblem and white gloves in surveillance photos.
This marks the fourth armed robbery in Cecil County since Sept. 18, when a gunman with a bandana partially covering his face
robbed the Stop & Go store in the unit block of East Cecil Avenue in North East.
North East Police Department investigators arrested that suspect — Shawn Adams, 23, of North East — on Thursday night, after the posting of surveillance photos generated tips, police reported.
On Sept. 20, some 28 hours after the Stop & Go holdup, a suspect wearing a black “costume beard” walked into the Wawa in the 1600 block of Elkton Road (Route 279), displayed a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes, police said, adding that the suspect fled with an unspecified sum of cash after an employee complied.
As of Tuesday, the suspect in the Wawa robbery remained on the loose.
Then on Sept. 21, some
35 hours later, a gunman robbed the Walgreens at 301 E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton and he, too, fled with an unspecified sum of cash after a clerk complied with his demand.
Within 15 minutes after that holdup, Delaware State Police troopers arrested that alleged gunman, Brian J. Branch, 28, of New Castle, Del., and his alleged getaway driver, Michael A. Kolmonen, 28, of Wilmington, Del., shortly after they had crossed into that state from Cecil County.
Investigators also have linked Branch and Kolmonen to an armed robbery at the Rite Aid on East Pulaski Highway near Elkton in late August, as well as several holdups in Delaware and at least one in Pennsylvania.