The same man is likely behind two robberies recently reported inside , in the 8200 block of Perry Hall Boulevard, police said. In both cases, high-end Nike shoes were forcibly taken from teenage boys by a man with distinctive tattoos.
At about 7:40 p.m. on July 20, two males assaulted a 15-year-old boy in a mall bathroom, pushing him to the ground. One of the men removed a pair of brown and black Nike Foamposite shoes, valued at about $220, from the boy. They also tried to steal the victim's cell phone, but were unsuccessful, a police report shows.
The man leading the robbery is described as a black male, between 18 and 20 years old, about 160 pounds and 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing an orange and white polo shirt, with a tattoo on his neck and a cross tattoo between his eyes, police said.
The second suspect is described as a black male, between 15 and 17 years old, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with white letters and jeans, according to police.
A similar incident was reported at about 8 p.m. on July 14. A 13-year-old boy was approached by a group of males while sitting on a bench inside the mall. A suspect, similar in description to the man leading the July 20 incident, then lifted up the boy's legs and removed a pair of Nike Air Jordan copper-colored shoes, valued at about $225, police said.
Police are working with mall security to locate the main suspect, who is known to frequent the mall, according to Lt. David Naimaster of the White Marsh police precinct.
Investigators do not believe the robberies are gang related, Naimaster said.