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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 within three days last week, police announced Tuesday.

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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.

How do you feel about the response by police? How did these robberies impact the community? Tell us in the comments.

A string of armed robberies in Perry Hall began on the night of Oct. 27.

According to police, Dmitruk entered the 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  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 on the 9600 block of Belair Road, threatened the owner with a knife and . 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 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. , the commander of the , is expected to take questions and offer an update on crime in Perry Hall.

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Christie Pulvino November 01, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Well done White Marsh Precinct! I am glad the 26 year old turned himself in and took responsibility for his actions and no one got hurt.
David Marks November 01, 2011 at 05:06 PM
As I mentioned in an email to the Perry Hall Improvement Association and other residents, I have been in communication with Captain Balog over the past few days and truly appreciate the work of the police precinct.
Chris November 01, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Awesome job! Keep them in jail so they don't hurt anyone else.
Tim November 01, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Nice work White Marsh PD!
ashley z November 01, 2011 at 08:10 PM
they didnt hurt anyone and im sure they didnt want to hurt anyone they needed money thats why they robbed the store .. so they must have a problem most likely a drug problem .. if baltimore had more involvment with additics and helping them this wouldnt happen and if the POLICE' went after the drug dealers. AND TRYED BUSTING THEM MORE THEN we wouldnt have as many prolems with drugs and addicts and we wouldnt have robberys and things like that im sure they did what they had to to get money im sure they werent thinking about what was going to happen .. and how it was going to affect everyone around there
ashley z November 01, 2011 at 08:14 PM
the police really didnt do anything scott turned himself in and thats how they got damien . so maybe the police should be working a lil harder ..
ashley z November 01, 2011 at 08:24 PM
what wasnt said in the news was that the police can kick and step on the guy damiens face while they were arresting him seeing that hes a sick person . and he has some problem just like everyone else maybe his are just a lil more seriouse then others.. you can see it in his picture on the left side of his face bruised and swollen from the 'POLICE' then when he asked for the name of the officer they wouldnt give it to him . there is no reason for that at all or how about when they questioned him he was honist about everything even things they didnt ask about told them everything!! thats not in there though is it .. NO
Tim November 01, 2011 at 09:05 PM
<-- gets out the popcorn, this is going to be great!
Angela November 01, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Whether or not he hurt anyone isn't the point! He robbed point at gunpoint. That shows an intent to harm. And sympathy for a drug problem, really? People have to want to help themselves, no amount of available resource will help them unless they want it. If the police beat him, good for them! Especially at the Tobacco Stop he robbed defenseless women at gunpoint. I'm sure the police used whatever force they deemed necessary! Now the victims of these robberies can rest easy and maybe not be tormented with his face wondering where he's going to strike next or if he will come back. Also remember that drugs take normally mild mannered people and make them evil violent monsters so he may not have hurt anyone yet, but it was only a matter of time!
Angela November 01, 2011 at 11:10 PM
*people not point.....
Dan November 02, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Cry us a river Ash... The thugs got what they deserve. I looked closer at the picture after your recommendation. Both could have used a few more boots to the head.
Joe November 02, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Well Ashley you big Dingo, if Damien didn't want to have his face stepped on maybe he should not have robbed two local business at gunpoint. What an idiot! Drugs or not who gives a crap. Using drugs as an excuse is absolutely ridiculous. I'm sure your post would have been worded much differently if one of your family members, or even you yourself, were working at the rite aid or the tobacco shop when it was robbed. Way to blame the police for the crime problems. Maybe instead of pointing the finger at them you should be thanking them for risking their lives to protect you and your freedoms. Clearly these two criminals were friends of yours or you wouldn't be so upset that they were caught. Maybe you should be happy for them because they wont be able to abuse drugs while their behind bars. Great job to the White Marsh Police! Thank you for putting two more criminals behind bars.
Christie Pulvino November 02, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Well said Joe.
LalainMaryland November 02, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Ashley, Taking drugs in the beginning is a choice. Unless someone held a knife or gun on Damien? Where us your sense of personal responsibility. There are many addicts who don't turn to theft. What he did is made even more dangerous if he was on something. Drugs cause users to have worse reflex times and distorted senses of reality. He's lucky he didn't hurt anyone. As for getting stepped on, were you there? He is a VIOLENT CRIMINAL. Get over your anger and face the reality.
AL November 02, 2011 at 10:34 AM
Also to add a side note to Ashleys ignorance, I worked at AMS Liquor World, it was my 3rd job I was working so to say "they didnt hurt anyone and im sure they didnt want to hurt anyone they needed money thats why they robbed the store." How does your deranged little mind think that is ok. Go get a f*ing job. I had 3 of them because I needed money I didn't go robbing anything. Your friend held a gun to innocent people and swung a knife at the owner of the liquor store. I could understand if this was their first crimes but if you look it up, its obviously is something that comes natural to them and Im sure if they needed money that bad they would end up harming someone if needed. Glad the police treated your friend so poorly, he nothing but deserved it. Maybe it will teach him to go waving knives in people faces acting like a goon. I have to agree with an earlier comment, put your self in these people shoes that go robbed, say it was your business, or a family members business, guarateed you wouldn't like these guys and pity them if the shoes were on the other foot.
Rose November 02, 2011 at 01:21 PM
I have been a victim of crime. So, I'm not feeling sorry for criminals, but I still don't want our police abusing anyone. It should be corrected, if that is what happened. Some people can't handle the power of a badge & gun. These folks should be weeded out of our mostly wonderful Police force.
Candace Goldstein November 02, 2011 at 06:46 PM
All it takes is for someone to get nervous during a robbery and then bullets start flying. How would you feel, Ashley, if the bullets hit YOUR loved one? Would you still defend the robber?? Armed Robbery is not something to be taken lightly.
Josh Blacker November 03, 2011 at 09:51 PM
I used to know Scott, we were in boyscouts together it's a shame his life is in complete mess. From what I see it just seems a lot of bad choices and not good company. Also once labeled a career criminal it;s hard to find work especially when he's also a sexual offender. I knew him before any of this mess it's pretty sad to see.
Candace Goldstein November 03, 2011 at 09:58 PM
I came from a family of police officers and detectives, and lost a close family friend to a shotgun blast in the line of duty. Remember Rose, these police officers have NO IDEA if someone is hiding a gun or other weapon. The choices they make to restrain a suspect are to protect themselves and others.
Red Dolphin November 06, 2011 at 09:04 PM
he really wasnt trying to " turn him self in " he as so scared (i believe) that hewnt to the precinct to lie to the police and he insulted thier intelligence by thinkng they;d believe he was forced i to it,,,, thats not " turning yourself in " not even close
Red Dolphin November 06, 2011 at 09:06 PM
so then you;re saying that the police are NOT going after the dealers? thats how it reads to me, or did I misinterpret you?
Red Dolphin November 06, 2011 at 09:18 PM
sorry you'll get no pity from me ,,,,,,,,,, you whip out a knife on a store owner!? ccome on ! you deserve good old fashion whooping. The police were dong ther job Ashley., I know there are bad police, I know that personally, not going to elaborate,,,,,,,,,, but I do know that there are good ones too...... I was searched (as well as my vehicle just because I was sitting behind the madison square building playing my quitar,,,,,,,,, after completing a 10-29 on me (a outstanding warrant check) and clearing me for any contra band or weapons the coip says to me "here's your license now if I see you back here I;'ll know who you are" I felt violated but he was just doing his job, you see the next night I heard on the scanner that someone was illegally hunting right there at the same spot shooting of a rifle way too close to houses!! my quesytion is why did the officecer tell me that why he asked me and I quote "do you mind if I search for weapons?" and then when I called the cops that July morning when I caught a man in my shed guess who responded? LOL!!
Red Dolphin November 06, 2011 at 09:29 PM
thanks for shedding some light on this.Angela, Im gonna give ashley the benefit of the doubt and that is that shes is young (doesnt understand the seriousness of what this gunpointing, knife weiding drug addict has done and she feels sorry for him in some way I can understand. she feels he needs help,,,,,,and he does, he needs to learn you dont get any thing form violenlty attacking people, addcited or not, I felt sorry for thr man I caught i my shed ( turned out he was a heroin addcit) ,after I chased him over some fences and brok th window out oif the vehicle he jumped in (i got the tag and hes was convicted and was already on probation for theft ) he got 90 days, thats all, every one I talked ot says why doid you feel sorry for him? and to this day I cant explain it,,,,,,,,, I guess because when I challanged him he ran, he did not fight me. he was not armed (may say I was lucky that he wasnt, I wasnt thinkng of that I wanted him caught!))
Red Dolphin November 06, 2011 at 09:37 PM
when they grab hin and he shows any signs of agression the yes they have to show force........... thats true........... but I was told by the police "unless you fear for your life" you cant go too far when I chased the ugy out of my backyard (he was in my shed) at 5 am this past July,,,,,,,,,,, somtimes the police do go too far them selves,They;re only human, but they do have procedures /training, in this case I feel they need to sub due him cuff him etc etc, but kick him the face? maybe once LOL! he had that coming
Red Dolphin November 06, 2011 at 09:41 PM
thats funny Tim. Ashley wants a pity party for a knife wielding maniac LOL!!

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