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Police: First Commercial Robbery Trend of the Year

A man brandishing a handgun robbed Taco Bell and attempted to rob Fuddruckers Thursday night. Police believe these incidents are connected with other armed robberies.

Owings Mills and Reisterstown are experiencing the first commercial robbery trend of 2012, according to Baltimore County Police.

Last Thursday, an armed robber stole money from Taco Bell shortly after attempting to gain entry to Fuddruckers. Earlier this month, the in Reisterstown, in Owings Mills and in Owings Mills were all . in each incident.

“Our criminal investigation division is actively working those two as well as the [other ones],” according to Capt. Matt McElwee, commander of Baltimore County Police’s . “…We have a tremendous amount of resources dedicated to this commercial robbery trend.”

Police believe the incidents are connected, McElwee said.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, a suspect approached the front entrance at in Owings Mills while a manager was locking up at 8:54 p.m. The manager did not open the door, and the suspect went to the rear door and banged on it. The manager told police that the man possibly had a handgun.

Later that night, at 10:20 p.m., a suspect entered the in Owings Mills, pulled out a gun and took an unknown amount of money.

“We feel that there’s some common denominators between them all,” McElwee said. “We’re definitely looking at them all together as a trend.”

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