It seems like something a Maryland resident might see in a movie, but police have arrested and accused a young man of working with a suspected robber to steal from a tobacco shop. What makes this story of armed robbery so interesting, however, is that police also believe the young man was held at gunpoint by an individual who they say walked out of the shop with an undisclosed amount of money. This alleged deception of the store clerk and police calls into question just whether police have the evidence to charge the young man with theft by taking and armed robbery.
Police recently arrested two men who they say tricked a shopkeeper into giving them money when one pretended to be the victim of the other's armed robbery. The closed-circuit television footage shows one man shopping in the tobacco store when another man comes up behind him, pulls a gun and holds it to his head. The man with the gun then tells the clerk to give him money and he leaves as he came in, by himself.
Investigators thought it was suspicious that the man who had been held at gunpoint was unwilling to wait for police to arrive and did not want to give the clerk any information about himself. The problem, of course, is that there may be a variety of different reasons why someone may not want to speak with police following a suspected robbery. It is possible that the man thought the gunman could find him and hurt him if he cooperated with police. It is also possible that he was so shaken up by the incident that he was not thinking clearly.
Local media says that police officers received anonymous tips that turned them toward the two men who were recently arrested. While anonymous tips have their place in a police investigation, Marylanders should remember that they are insufficient to convict someone of a crime.
Source: Cumming Patch, "Cumming Police Arrest Two Men in Connection with Store Robbery," Liz Kennedy, March 30, 2012