Rob­bers flee out­lets with Aspen awarded grant for $10,000 worth of sun­glasses Wye River his­tor­i­cal pro­ject

Store clerk in­jured

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QUEEN­STOWN — A Sun­glass Hut sale clerk who at­tempted to stop four rob­bers sus­tained mi­nor in­juries when one of them hit her in the face about noon Mon­day, Oct. 24. They es­caped with more than $10,000 worth of sun­glasses.

The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing the four men in­volved.

The clerk told po­lice four men en­tered the Sun­glass Hut at the Queen­stown Pre­mium Out­lets and scat­tered about the store. On cue from one of the men, they be­gan to grab as many sun­glasses as pos­si­ble and then ran from the store. When she chased them while try­ing to call se­cu­rity on her phone, one of them took her phone and struck her in the face, po­lice said.

They fled with 30 to 40 pairs of sun­glasses and the clerk’s iPhone6 in a Life­proof case.

A wit­ness saw the four men run­ning from the store was able to pro­vide a de­scrip­tion of the car they left in, a red four-door sedan, po­lice said. They didn’t know which di­rec­tion the rob­bers went.

The clerk was checked by paramedics at the scene for mi­nor in­jury.

The men were all AfricanAmer­i­can males with two wear­ing red jack­ets and the other two wear­ing dark col­ored jack­ets. Var­ied ages es­ti­mated to be from teens to early 40s.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing, as­sisted by Mary­land State Po­lice Crime Lab.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 410-7580770.

QUEEN­STOWN — The Aspen In­sti­tute was re­cently awarded a $6,050 grant by the Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion from the Henry A. Jor­dan, M.D., Preser­va­tion Ex­cel­lence Fund for the Mid-At­lantic States. These grant funds will be used to sup­port the In­sti­tute’s Wye River Cam­pus His­tor­i­cal Doc­u­men­ta­tion and In­ter­pre­ta­tion Pro­ject.

The pro­ject will span high­lights from the 18th cen­tury farm’s own­er­ship by the fam­ily of Wil­liam Paca, a signer of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, through the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned pro­grams of its cur­rent own­ers, the Aspen In­sti­tute and the Univer­sity of Mary­land. The un­der­tak­ing will pro­duce a video doc­u­men­tary, in­clud­ing oral per­sonal ac­counts, as well as writ­ten prod­ucts that will ex­pand the pub­lic’s knowl­edge of the prop­erty’s his­tor­i­cal val­ues and rich cul­tural her­itage.

“Or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Aspen In­sti­tute help to en­sure that com­mu­ni­ties and towns all across Amer­ica re­tain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion. “We are hon­ored to pro­vide a grant to the In­sti­tute, which will use the funds to help pre­serve an im­por­tant piece of our shared na­tional her­itage.”

Grants from the Na­tional Trust Preser­va­tion Funds range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have pro­vided over $15 mil­lion since 2003. These match­ing grants are awarded to non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and pub­lic agen­cies across the coun­try to sup­port wide-rang­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing con­sul­tant ser­vices for re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing build­ings, tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance for tourism that pro­motes his­toric re­sources, and the de­vel­op­ment of ma­te­ri­als for ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach cam­paigns.

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