From Maryland State Police:
EDGEWOOD, MD _ Troopers from the Maryland State Police at the Bel Air Barrack “D” are seeking assistance from the public to identify a middle-aged robber who held up a restaurant Tuesday night.
Shortly after 10 p.m., Troopers were called to the Friendly’s restaurant at 1407 Pulaski Highway after a man entered the establishment, implied he was armed with a handgun and demanded cash. The robber fled with a small amount of US currency. No injuries were reported.
The restaurant was open at the time of the holdup. However the suspect, who targeted only the staff, did not disrupt a half-dozen patrons eating in the restaurant’s adjacent dining room.
At the same time Troopers were en route to the restaurant, Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to the nearby CVS Pharmacy for a similar call. Troopers and Deputies determined the culprit to be the same for both robberies. With help from a Maryland State Police helicopter and a Bel Air Police Dept. K-9, Troopers and Deputies conducted an extensive search of the surrounding community for the robbery suspect.
Restaurant employees told Troopers the robber entered the restaurant through the carry-out entrance and demanded cash from the employees. Witnesses described the robber as a black male, between the ages of 45 and 50. They stated he was approximately 5’6” tall, weighing about 170 pounds. The robber had a “salt-and-pepper” beard and short hair. The robber was wearing a tan or beige coat with black pants.
Anyone with information about the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Maryland State Police Criminal Investigation Section at the Bel Air Barrack: (410) 838-7355.