Holdups con­tinue in county

Gun­man, ac­com­plice rob liquor store

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

PER­RYVILLE

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.

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