By Tim Williams

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Three robberies, one of them at gunpoint, all within two weeks.  Security at Towson Town Center has been stepped up following a series of brazen crimes at the mall. 

Tim Williams has more on the suspects and what police say they stole.

There were two robberies within one week.  The victims were merchants at the Towson Town Center in Baltimore County.

“The two incidents are isolated and are not related,” said Baltimore County Police Lieutenant Rob McCollough.

Baltimore County Police are looking for several suspects, including one who pulled out a semi-automatic handgun in the middle of the day at the True Religion store near Macy’s.

“The suspect in that incident is described as a black male in his 50s, walked into the store at least twice before actually committing the robbery,” McCollough said.

Employees say he then told them to move back before grabbing more than two dozen items and fleeing the store. 

In the other crime, police say, there were two suspects.

“Both described as being black males in their early 20s, basically broke into one of the kiosks,” McCollough said.

They stole nearly $8,000 in cash, sunglasses and jewelry.  Surveillance tapes show two men breaking in a side maintenance door after hours.

“It must be a sign of the time,” said Anna Apicella.

Towson residents familiar with the mall are not surprised at these brazen crimes.

“People are really dire.  Sometimes people don’t even have the money for the food today just to feed themselves, let alone if they have a child,” Apicella said.

“Definitely says to me people are getting desperate to either feed themselves, feed their family or feed their addictions,” said Nate Hill.

Management is evaluating safety procedures throughout the mall.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Comments (36)
  1. more problems says:

    I really agree times are so hard people are doing what they have 2do 2survive!

  2. Peal says:

    It’s a sign of the times?

    This is how we substantiate this crime?

    Towson Towne Centre is dangerous!

    Digest that!

    A sign of the times! Miass

    1. homie says:

      This is why CCW permits should be less stringant ……….

  3. The truth says:

    Typical liberal b.s. – it is always society’s fault. The criminal is never to blame.

    1. angryblackman says:

      There is nothing liberal or conservative about these crimes. Stop trying to blame your political adversaries for everything wrong in your life.

      Blacks, like spoiled kids are given everything from free housing to food to money to buy drugs, alcohol and guns. They don’t respect anything because they have never had to earn anything in their life.

      Every black responding to these comments have probably moved out of the city war zones and now live in white communities, but still feel obligated to stand up for their criminal cousins.

      Cheating, stealing, robbing and getting over are the only thing most of them are have way decent at doing. Sign of the times how about same old business.

      1. muse says:

        Unfortunately, our ancestors didn’t consider that the slave trade might lead to emancipation, and that slaves and their ancestors might need support. So, today, we still have problems with blacks 136 years after emancipation, because no one gave them the skills and training to succeed.

        The reality is that if the robberies continue, Towson Mall will empty out like Owings Mills Mall. People will not feel safe. One could say inflammatory comments and make this a racial issue, but the fact is this: anyone stupid enough to try robbing the mall again is going to face more security procedures. Trapped in a large mall is not where they want to be, I think.

  4. jackie says:

    It is pathetic that we as a society accept this kind of behavior and make excuses for it by saying it is a “sign of the times’ and they needed to do it to eat. How pathetic. And what is up with your comments “more problems”???? This is survival??? At the expense of others? What a sick world we live in..Didn’t your mama teach you what the word ‘responsibility’ means?? Oh wait, check out the description of the criminals- all 3 of them. Yeah, a sign of the times. Sure it is. It figures. If it was whites committing the crimes it wouldn’t be considered “a sign of the times.” How pathetic

    1. Joana F. Joasil says:

      So Jackie, are you implying black people are not responsible? Please elaborate because your comment is downright racist. Last I checked committing a crime was an equal opportunity decision. Not just a “black thing”.

      Robberies (& the persons who committed them) were/ are definitely pathetic, but so is your mindset!

      1. tylerjake says:

        Hey Joana, read the article!! It tells you who they’re looking for in connection with this crime. Sorry to upset you with a description. LOL!

      2. jackie says:

        Joana-I have no idea how you got that I implied ‘black people are not responsible.” Here we go again with the ‘I’m gonna defend my own” no matter what happens and what they do and I’m gonna jump on every comment that anyone could possibly imply about blacks/racism. I find it utterly amazing how you can take 2 unrelated comments that happen to be with the same paragraph and turn it into a racist thing. I am saying that criminals (all criminals) need to stop avoiding responsibility and get a job like everyone else. THEN I commented that we should read the description of all 3 criminals. Hmmm, sounds to me like YOU made the implications yourself…. Perhaps YOU are the racist here. And Tylerjake is right- it is clearly written in the article. I guess the fact that they gave a description did upset you. Pity. Personally if a white man robbed a bank and the newspaper described him as a “white male” I’d never be upset with that. It is part of the description which is needed to (hopefully) apprehend the perp. Gee, I’m sorry that you are so sensitive to the fact that a ‘black man’ committed this crime.

  5. Lisa says:

    Could not have said it better Jackie. “Sign of the times”??? I doubt it. Welfare checks will be out in 2 weeks. Put the semi automatics away , get a job, and stop with your armed robberies.

  6. outkast says:

    The 50 year old just wanted god oi his life,but even that cost too much.LOL -)

  7. this guy says:

    black males in their 20s?! That narrows it down. hahahha Were they wearing blue jeans and white tshirts, too?

  8. Harry says:

    Sign of the times REALLY . Can’t afford food ….But can afford semi auto matic pistol. What a liberal viewpoint. You sheltered idiots.

  9. tylerjake says:

    Yeah and another one of their liberal claims is “Well this is everywhere!” Not really, it wasn’t nearly everywhere until B’more started shipping their sewage residents out to the counties.

  10. jessi says:

    Jackie, I couldn’t agree with you more. That is the most absurd comment I have ever read; they do it to survive. Survive like a human not a violent piece of trash.

  11. Joana F. Joasil says:

    Ignorant & inflammatory!!!!!

    1. tylerjake says:

      Yes Joana you are ignorant!

  12. jessi says:

    And I could careless what color the criminal is..what I care about is I shop there; with my daughter. And these are innocent people being held up, stolen from. Because it’s how they survive?!?! That is the most cowardly thing I have ever heard. If you want to survive, get a job, stop feeling sorry for yourself, and do something with your life..

  13. sezmane says:

    Maybe sign of the times is the way they want to express themselves and not panic like you all are doing in any society there will be crime thats why there is law enforcement. Quit ya bit?%$* Bernie Madoff stole billionsand left people broke. So what a couple insured items. Was it the robbery or was it the bash Black thing

  14. jessi says:

    And Bernie Madoff is in jail for his crime, as should anyone be that thinks they have earned the right to steal from anyone who has worked for what they have. It, for me isn’t about “bashing blacks”. had it been three white people, I would think exactly the same thing: they’re trash and deserve to be locked up. Color is unimportant to me. Saying that this is how people are surviving because times are tough is a cop out.

  15. sezmane says:

    Well that’s true however all the time we put into the comment let’s go rally for a cause or something and derive a purpose and not just hold our fist in the air!!

  16. Tammy says:

    you people seriously need to think. When it is said that this is THE SIGN OF THE TIMES I think what is meant is that People cannot find jobs and that things are really getting hard out here. I am a mother of three and work a full time job but again I know just how hard it is to get by. and for those that dont have work it is even harder. there are some people out there that wish that they did have a job but just cant find one.
    Is the crime a black thing? No but if you look at the statistics, blacks definately do more crimes than others. I’m not racist or prejudice but it is a fact.
    Every one put down the dam guns and try to work together.

    1. tate says:

      Tammy, you’re an idiot. People make up statistics all the time to try to act smart, you’re one of them. Stop speaking.

      1. jackie says:

        Tate, if you look at the majority of people in jail, they are black. Check out the statistics!!. And Tammy is not an idiot. She has a right to speak like anyone else. Oh sorry, does the truth hurt?

  17. bdp135 says:

    “blacks definately do more crimes than others. I’m not racist or prejudice but it is a fact.”….Tammy, where did you obtain this statistic? You stated it was a fact, please cite your source. Thanks.

  18. Zeph says:

    There is no excuse.

  19. 1st responder says:

    No Tammy, Blacks don’t commit more crimes, they get caught more. And you DON’T know the facts.

    1. filly says:

      You make no sense 1st responder. What are your sources? what a joke!!

  20. twyatt says:

    ok people so please tell me if they dont commit more then how is it they get caught more right? so that means that we r just out to blame the “black people” right like I said I am not prejudice nor am I a racist but come on people look at what is going on in our world today. White people do more of the serial murders and rapes but who does the day to day crimes that we hear about every night on the evening news? we all need to stop and try to make this sh## hole of a world work for us somehow.

  21. What a joke says:

    “Sign of the times,” get real.
    I almost fell over reading that part of the story. These punks have been doing this for a long time. Has nothing to do with signs of the times. It’s Baltimore trash blowing in from the city Hon.

  22. J says:

    Sensationalized opinions, the NEWS is dead and destroying a lot of minds.

  23. Dave says:

    December 21st, 2012…..YAY!!!

  24. B says:

    Desperate for Food? give me a break you bunch of liberal nuts. These people are criminals and losers who cant work for a living.

    If every hungry person carried a gun, there would be a real problem in this country.

  25. Tony says:

    You can get FBI crime statistics here;

    Police and the justice system are not biased against minorities.

    Crime Rates

    Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
    When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
    Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
    The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.

    Interracial Crime

    Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
    Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
    Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
    Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.


    Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
    Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.


    Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
    Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are three times more likely.

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