Donell Brooks was sitting in his car in front of the in Reisterstown Sunday around 12:30 p.m.
A security officer with Ellicott City-based Code 3 Security & Protection Services, Brooks had been there since 4 a.m. to guard the Cherry Vale Shopping Center store. An elderly woman Saturday, knocking out the alarm system in the process.
“It’s real empty at 4, 5, 6 a.m. around here,” said Brooks, whose company will be there 24 hours a day until the store reopens. “Somebody walking by could say ‘hey, a store’s open.’”
A 76-year-old woman was parking in front of the Fashion Bug Saturday when she drove her Subaru Outback into the store. Baltimore County Police responded to the scene around 11:36 a.m. and found the vehicle completely inside the store, according to a news release.
“The car was straight in, front end,” said Judy Palmisano, department manager at the a few doors down. “[The driver] must have thought she had it in reverse.”
A 72-year-old customer who was inside the store was transported to Sinai Hospital’s trauma center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver and an elderly female passenger were transported to Northwest Hospital for evaluation, police said.