UPDATE: Same Man Charged for Liquor World, Tobacco Stop Robberies
Police arrested 30-year-old Damien Paul Dmitruk and charged him with two armed robberies in the Perry Hall area last week.
A Parkville man has been charged with robbing two Perry Hall businesses within three days last week, police announced Tuesday.
Baltimore County police arrested 30-year-old Damien Paul Dmitruk of the 6800 block of Old Harford Road on Monday and charged him with robbing Liquor World on the 9600 block of Belair Road on Oct. 29.
At the time, police suspected there was a connection between that robbery and one that had taken place two days earlier, on Oct. 27, at the Tobacco Shop in the 4300 block of Ebenezer Road.
On Tuesday, police charged Dmitruk with that robbery as well. He was charged with armed robbery and robbery and theft under $1000 of the tobacco store in Perry Hall Square Shopping Center.
He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail, according to a press release.
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A string of armed robberies in Perry Hall began on the night of Oct. 27.
According to police, Dmitruk entered the Tobacco Stop store on the 4300 block of Ebenezer Road at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday. He displayed a handgun in his waistband and stole about $430 in cash and cigarettes, police said. Several police officers responded, as well as a helicopter and K-9 unit, said Detective Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman.
A Rite Aid in Perry Hall was robbed at about 10:15 a.m. on Friday. Police allege that an Essex man, Steven Scott Gardner, approached the store's pharmacy, carrying a handgun and a smoke grenade. He took money and prescription drugs from the pharmacy before leaving the store and driving away, Batton said.
Shortly after the incident, police said they spotted a vehicle matching a witness' description near the Double-T Diner at the intersection of Belair Road and Joppa Road.
Gardner, 47, of the 1200 block of Marlyn Avenue, was arrested and charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of handgun possession and one count of possession of a destructive device, court records show. Dmitruk is not suspected of being involved in the Rite Aid robbery.
Police allege that at about 12:15 p.m. on Saturday Dmitruk entered Liquor World on the 9600 block of Belair Road, threatened the owner with a knife and demanded money. The owner then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots, police said. Dmitruk then fled the store and entered a vehicle that sped off, a police press release stated.
Later that night, Scott Lewis Hundertmark entered the Parkville police precinct and told police he was forced against his will to drive the vehicle involved in the robbery, police said. Hundertmark, 26, of the 9100 block of Orbitan Road in Parkville, later admitted that he participated in the robbery as the driver, police said. He has been charged with attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to the press release.
The Perry Hall Improvement Association released a statement about the robberies, encouraging residents to report any suspicious activity to police. Community members were also encouraged to attend the PHIA's general meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Perry Hall Library. Capt. Michael Balog, the commander of the White Marsh police precinct, is expected to take questions and offer an update on crime in Perry Hall.
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