Gunman holds up liquor store in Perryville; remains on the loose
— A gunman remained on the loose Tuesday night after robbing a Route 40 liquor store a day earlier, police reported.
The holdup occurred at East Coast Liquors at 5279 W. Pulaski Highway at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, when a man wearing a black mask and black clothing walked up to the checkout counter, brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to Cpl. Robert Nitz, of the Perryville Police Department.
After an employee handed him an unspecified sum of cash, the bandit fled from the store, Nitz said, adding that the suspect was last seen running behind the building.
PPD officers searched the area surrounding the store and dispatched a K-9 unit, according to police. Ofc. Matthew Nussle, of the Elkton Police Department, and his specially-trained scent dog, Rommel, tracked the robber a short distance before losing the trail, police reported.
PPD officers handled the initial armed robbery call; however, the investigation has been turned over to the Maryland State Police, according to Nitz.