Two stores in Essex robbed [Crime Log]

Two Essex businesses were robbed in separate incidents last week in which the suspects either threatened employees with a gun, or implied a weapon

At around 11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, a suspect armed with a long-barreled revolver struck a cashier in the head with the gun at a BP gas station in the 200 block of Eastern Boulevard and demanded money from the registers, according to a Baltimore County police report. The robber collected an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene.

Later in the week, at around 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, a man entered a Royal Farms store in the 800 block of South Marlyn Avenue and told the cashier that he did not want to hurt him, but to hand over all the money in the register. Police said the robber kept his hands in his pocket, implying that he had a gun.

After taking $298 in cash, the suspect fled..

In addition to these incidents, other recent police reports from the area include:

Kingston Road, 500 block, between 11 p.m. Feb. 1 and 5:15 p.m. Feb. 6. Someone attempted to break into the building of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows by prying open a side door, but was unsuccessful.

South Marlyn Avenue, unit block, between 10:08 p.m. and 10:37 p.m. Feb. 3. Three condenser units, valued at $300, and other materials valued at $50, were stolen from Albright's Mechanical Services.