Police capture robbery suspect
— A woman who allegedly played a role in the strong-arm robbery of a Conowingo convenience store last week is in custody after police in Washington, D.C., arrested her on a warrant relating to the case, police reported.
Coty Michelle Boyd, 23, of Havre de Grace, remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 bond on Thursday afternoon, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Boyd is charged with robbery, second-degree assault, theft of less than $1,000 and three conspiracy counts mirroring those offenses, court records show.
In another development, investigators have identified Boyd’s alleged accomplice — a man who stands accused of charging behind the counter at the Pantry I FoodMart at 1897 Conowingo Road at 3:38 p.m. on Oct. 11, grabbing the cash register as the employee there screamed and then fleeing on foot with it, according to Lt. Michael Holmes, a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
A store surveillance video of the robbery shows a woman, later identified as Boyd, standing in front of the checkout counter as she apparently is buying something, when her alleged accomplice rushes behind the counter.
Investigators believe that Boyd made the purchase so the employee would have to open the cash register,
police said. They also believe that Boyd was there to distract the clerk, as her alleged accomplice bolted from the side, police added.
As of Thursday afternoon, the male suspect had not been charged.
“He has been identified and charges are pending against the second suspect,” Holmes said, declining to elaborate because of the ongoing investigation.
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department took Boyd into custody in southwest Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon on an arrest warrant filed by CCSO Det. Tyler Price, lead investigator, police said.
Boyd waived extradition and was transported back to Cecil County late Wednesday, police added.
Helping investigators identify Boyd as a suspect was a store surveillance video of the robbery, which CCSO detectives posted on the agency’s Facebook page in hopes of generating some tips, police reported.
“We have very clear footage of her, and we receive several tips that allowed us to identify Boyd as the suspect,” Holmes said, adding, “We also obtained information that she was involved in the robbery.”
The surveillance video shows that Boyd did not wear a mask, a hat or any other type of clothing or accessory that would have concealed her face and hair.
Her alleged accomplice wore a white or gray hooded sweatshirt, with the hood drawn tightly, and camouflage shorts over black pants, police added.