Police: Commercial Robbery Trend is First in Two Years
The Baltimore County Police Franklin Precinct, which covers Owings Mills and Reisterstown, has not seen a commercial robbery trend like the current one in two years.
The recent string of commercial robberies, which has seen six businesses robbed at gunpoint since August 8, is the first commercial robbery trend the Baltimore County Police Franklin Precinct has seen since 2010.
Police believe five of the six incidents may be connected, but the recent robbery of Bare Feet Shoes in Owings Mills is a separate incident.
It’s the precinct’s first commercial robbery trend in two years.
“It is a high number for us in a short time period, so we’ve been trying a couple of things,” said Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the Baltimore County Police’s Franklin Precinct. “We don’t want to be specific, [but] we have been devoting resources to the trend.”
Police charged two men in four bank robberies between August 2 and September 9 in 2010. The men robbed Regal Bank & Trust in Owings Mills on August 2, Community First Bank Loan Services in Reisterstown on and the Regal Bank & Trust again on August 20 and Farmers & Merchants Bank in Upperco on September 9.
Joseph Michael Dixon, 34, of Gywnn Oak, and Lutrell Thomas Williams, 36, of Baltimore, were charged in the incidents.
Police are still looking for suspects in the recent commercial robberies, which took place at the Sunoco in Owings Mills, the Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Owings Mills, Popeye’s in Owings Mills, Taco Bell in Owings Mills as well as Bare Feet Shoes. Surveillance photos of the Sunoco robber were released by police on Monday.
“We have a tremendous amount of resources dedicated to this commercial robbery trend,” said Capt. Matt McElwee, commander of the Franklin Precinct.