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Big heist in Hanover Thursday leads to quick arrest by cops, suspect in Laurel robbery at large

Updated: Feb 1


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The thrill of a big score allegedly ended rather abruptly for 55-year-old robbery suspect Thomas Brown of Columbia Thursday. The man was apprehended in a cab by police officers in Hanover, allegedly leaving the scene of a burglary at a local jewelry store, with about $42,000 in merchandise, the Anne Arundel County Police Department announced in a statement on Friday, January 29.


Brown's cab was stopped by police and he was positively identified as the suspect from a robbery that occurred at Artwell's Body Art, the police statement said.


On it's website, Artwell's Body Art states the company began it's first store in Columbia, Maryland and has become a trailblazer in the industry as "One of the fastest growing body jewelry and piercing a companies on the East Coast."


It is unclear who payed the meter for Brown's aborted cab ride.


A local thief who proved faster than police on Thursday, robbed the Metro PCS store in Laurel, located at 3533 Laurel-Fort Meade Road. Anne Arundel County Police responded to a hold-up alarm there.


When officers arrived, they learned that a suspect entered the business, forced an employee to a back room by gunpoint, and demanded currency/products belonging to the business. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of both.


No injuries were reported, and Robbery Unit detectives are investigating. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call 410-222-4720 or the TipLine at 410-222-4700.


--from press releases

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