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UPDATE: Perry Hall Man Charged in 3 Armed Robberies

Police arrested Justin Nicholas Radtke on April 28, and charged him with robberies in Perry Hall, Timonium and Towson.

UPDATE (May 2, 9:57 a.m.)—Police have charged a Perry Hall man with robbing a , attempting to rob a and robbing .

Justin Nicholas Radtke, 27, of the 4400 block of Darleigh Road, was arrested on April 28, according to Lt. Ron Brooks of the . Radtke was charged with three counts of armed robbery and two counts of theft less than $1,000, court records show.

Police declined to release a photo of Radtke Wednesday morning, as the investigation into other incidents is ongoing.

At about 4:45 p.m. on March 31, a man entered the Subway in the 8600 block of Belair Road at , asked for a cup of water and passed a note to the cashier. The note demanded cash and implied the robber had a gun. The robber then stole cash and fled toward Slater Avenue, Patch .

At about 10:51 a.m. on April 1, a man entered the Subway in the 1800 block of York Road and passed a note to the clerk, demanding cash and implying that he had a gun. The clerk, however, did not understand English and walked away. The suspect then fled the store, according to a Patch .

At about noon on April 1, a man entered The Tan Company in the 7200 block of York Road, passed a note to a clerk, demanding cash and implying that he had a gun. He then grabbed cash from the shop's cash drawer and fled, Patch .

Baltimore County's robbery unit connected Radtke with each of the three incidents, which occurred in separate police precincts, according to Detective Cathy Batton, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman. Police are looking into possible connections between Radtke and additional crimes.

The Perry Hall Subway robbery is one of three robberies reported at the since March. On March 30, a man was near an outdoor ATM, and on April 28, two men .

A representative of KLNB, which owns the shopping center, was not immediately available for comment.

What should the shopping center do to prevent future robberies? Tell us in the comments.

John Flegler May 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I'm not trying to make light of burglaries, however that situation spoken about earlier does not make sense. There is no way possible it would take county police 5 hours to show up to a B&E in progress or where the bad guy just left. If you come home to find your house was broken into, you have no timeline, suspect info, or direction of travel then ur probably gonna wait
Ed May 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Crimes like these increase unless innocent people are allowed to carry concealed weapons. Those states that allow it have seen decreases, because the criminals don't know who is armed and who is not.
Red Dolphin May 02, 2012 at 07:53 PM
right on DB, its not relevant what race he is.......... sure we have crime rampant all over the metro area...... I want toi admit I was the one of the ones who made a comment about the light rail adding to problem,,,,,,,,,, i Towson and lurhervile/timonium it does,,,,,,,,, I hear on my scanner "ccheck the light rail stop" all the time
Red Dolphin May 02, 2012 at 07:56 PM
that begs the question Ed, do you think if the sub way worker wouldve had a gun this robbery would not have happened ? just asking?
Red Dolphin May 02, 2012 at 07:59 PM
hey that's a great idea if a robber comes to you business and brandishes a weapon just act lke you don't understand English ! "me no stand " and walk away NAH!!
Red Dolphin May 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM
5 hours!? they must have thought she meant some one in her house stole it ? like her B/F
Ed May 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Can't say yes or no. However, a robber would think twice before walking into a Subway, 7-11, etc., not knowing how many of the customers are armed. That's what causes crime to decrease in the states that allow carrying concealed weapons. Ed
Paul Amirault May 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Ed, please link to statistics, because I dont believe it for one second.
Red Dolphin May 02, 2012 at 10:19 PM
ok is see your point, thanks
Other Tim May 02, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Here's a statistic: if an armed robber comes into a business that has a clerk with a gun and the clerk kills the armed robber, that armed robber won't rob any more.
goldenfw May 03, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Put a high fence around the Slater Ave side preventing exit on foot or car. Force people and cars out onto Belair Rd or Silver Spring. Install cameras everywhere and advertise the camera surveillance with signage.
Harry Callahan May 03, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Concealed carry for everyone in Maryland is coming. In a recent decision by Judge Legg in federal court the requirement in Maryland law stating that a person must have "...a good and substantial reason..." to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon was struck down. The state asked for a stay in the case and Judge Legg granted it...until July. Based upon what I read in his decision there is no way that the state is going to convince him to reverse himself and the stay will be lifted. The real problem here is that most business owners do not realize that NO PERMIT IS REQUIRED to carry a concealed firearm while on the premises of any business that they own, rent, or lease. All they have to do is arm themselves with a firearm and the knowledge as to when and how to use it.
Paul Amirault May 03, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Great, and if clerk is dead he will not clerk anymore. Give them the money.
Rose May 03, 2012 at 12:19 PM
cryin' in my green tea here.......... is this really where we've come to?
Tim May 03, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Perhaps, but people will continue to commit robberies until you give them a reason not to. If they think it's even POSSIBLE they could get shot robbing store X, I can assure you the vast majority will pass over that institution. I doubt anyone with a brain will try and rob the Liquor World for example, after the last guy that did nearly got shot for it by the owner who was armed. Situation is different though, when you are talking about paid employees versus true small business owners. Even IF we instituted a concealed weapon law for store owners today, the policies on criminal engagement by employees wouldn't change.
Tim May 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Part of the blame goes to Republican economy policy for screwing the middle class for decades. However, mostly blame these criminals parents for failing to raise their children well. I'm not suggesting it's easy, but if you can't support one fiscally and emotionally don't have one. That said, there are exceptions of well raised kids who turn out poorly though. We're all human, we all make stupid mistakes when we're young. Some worse then others, obviously.
Harry Callahan May 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Wow, it has been 2 days and we have not heard anything from this guy's family and friends telling us what a wonderful guy he is, how they are offended by what the rest of us are saying on this board about him and how if we really knew him and all of the various trials and tribulations he suffered in his 27 years on this mortal coil that we would be much more sympathetic to his plight.
Ed May 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
To Paul, will see what I can find out, as far as stats. Have friends that live in different parts of Florida, and over the years they have seen and read about reduction in muggings, store robberys, b&e's,etc..
Tim May 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Yeah I was waiting for that as well.
Paul Amirault May 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Tim, I'm not sure if that is true. I believe it presumes that a crook is somewhat rational. If he believes every store he may rob he might be confronted with a gun, one of two things happens I believe. He gives up his life of crime, or he comes in and immediately has the gun out. I believe we have more dead clerks and owners as a result.
Tim May 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Paul, I had to look no further (locally speaking) then the success rate of the Towson area Citizens on Patrol program to show how rational crooks are. I wouldn't have believed it either, a couple months ago.
Bill Howard May 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
@DB You are right. It's not about race. It's about liberal judges appointed by liberal maryland democrat politicians letting these guys out. He should have been in jail for a longer stretch and this would not have happened.
Ed May 04, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Look, I'm not against concealed carry, but the crime rate has been going down for years nationally (since at least the 80s) for a variety of reasons. In spite of the complaints about Maryland's liberal judges, the fact is that sentences are longer and parole is harder to come by now in Maryland AND nationally than it was a generation or so ago. Of course there are always anomolies (the city's murder rate, that skyroketed while murders were falling nationally but now seems to be on a downward trend) and the one truth is that crime rates don't mean didly-squat when you are the victim, but I don't think it's as much doom and gloom as some of these comments would suggest.
Ed May 04, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I agree about not that much doom and gloom, I just feel for the innocent victims walking the streets, and mugged and stabbed / shot. The innocent victims both customers / clerks in stores being robbed / shot. The innocent home owner victims being robbed / shot in their own homes. Something needs to change to turn this thing around and make it safe no matter where we are. If it takes all of us being armed, so be it.
Red Dolphin May 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
is it fair to blame a poltical party for the crimes we are experiencing?
Ed May 05, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Political partys have nothing to do with it. Starts with the raising, or not raising of children at home, who turn into criminals.
joe hartman May 06, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Thats because the K Bank is right in front of the Subway. This is a nonfactor. There is crime goin on thats got to stop in this area.
joe hartman May 06, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Ed you got it....but not in this State!!! ANybody voting for Obama is voting to take to take rights away from us. Dont mean to get political but its the proven truth!
joe hartman May 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Tim - please... the Dems are just as guilty. Your watching too much TV
kevin May 07, 2012 at 04:37 PM
No this is a one party state .You can't blame the democrats ,yes I said it , it is society and I think that carry laws are allowed in many democratic states also. Arm the citizens that are legal(no felonies) and we'll see a drop. No one can honestly produce a state where the crime HASN"T gone DOWN with carry laws in place .

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