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