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Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Three Armed Robberies

(Bel Air, Md. – January 25, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three armed robberies, which occurred early this morning. The three robberies occurred within a one-hour timeframe, which began shortly before 1:00 a.m. this morning.

The robberies began with the Royal Farms store located in the 2900 block of Churchville Road in Churchville. A short time later, a second armed robbery occurred at the 7 – 11 store located in the 3900 block of Pulaski Highway in Abingdon. The third armed robbery took place at the Royal Farms store located in 500 block of Joppa Farm Road in Joppatowne.

A sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol in Joppatowne noticed a vehicle parked to the rear of the Royal Farms store drive off without headlights. When the deputy activated his emergency equipment to stop the vehicle, the operator attempted to flee. A chase ensued and the operator of the vehicle, a teal blue Pontiac Sunbird, crashed on Joppa Farm Road near Larkspur and then ran from the vehicle.

For more than an hour sheriff’s deputies, assisted by Maryland State Police and a K-9 unit from the Bel Air Police Department, pursued the suspect throughout the Joppatowne community. The chase ended when deputies made a felony traffic stop on a green Plymouth Neon on Rt 40 near Rt 152 in Joppa. Two adults, a man and wife, were taken into custody and are being questioned as persons of interest in the series of armed robberies.

Since mid-December 2005, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack have investigated more than 15 armed robberies in the county.

No injuries were reported as a result of any of the armed robberies from this morning.

A joint investigation by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police into the series of armed robberies is continuing.