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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lake Elkhorn Alert from Howard County Police

    I wanted to pass along the following from the Howard County Police Department.  As a frequent user of the pathway around Lake Elkhorn this is disturbing news.

Addresses are in hundred blocks.

ROBBERY SERIES ALERT: Howard County police are alerting the public to a series of recent daytime armed robberies around Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, and are working to determine whether they may be connected. While detectives have made an arrest in one case, they are urging residents who walk in the area to be aware and report any suspicious activity.

There have been four robberies over the last month, including two on Labor Day, involving unknown suspects. In each case, there were two suspects described as young black males wearing dark clothes with their faces partially covered.

Sept. 7, 7:10 a.m. An adult male victim was walking in the area of Dockside Lane and Cradlerock Way when he was approached by two suspects matching the above description. One suspect armed with a handgun demanded the victim’s belongings. The victim complied and no one was injured.

Sept. 7, 8:20 a.m. Two adult male victims were walking in the7300 block of Swan Point Way when two suspects matching the same description committed the same crime with a gun. Again, no one was injured.

Aug. 16, 3:20 p.m. An adult female victim was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects in the 9700 block of Broken Land Parkway. The suspects took cash and fled. No injuries.

Aug. 10, 12:15 p.m. Two male victims were robbed at gunpoint in the 9700 block of Broken Land Parkway. Two suspects took wallets and cell phones from victims. No injuries.*

*ARREST: In the Aug. 10 case, police have arrested Shawn Tyree Croston, 17, of 6567 Sweet Fern in Columbia and charged him as an adult with armed robbery, assault and theft. Police are still investigating the second suspect in this case and working to determine if there are links to the other cases. Note: Croston was in police custody at the time of the two Labor Day robberies and continues to be held on no bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

Police are reminding residents in the Lake Elkhorn area to use caution and call 911 for anything suspicious.



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