By Alex DeMetrick

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — There is finally relief for several small businesses in Glen Burnie after a sudden cluster of armed robberies left people shaken.

Alex DeMetrick has details of the arrest and how it all went down.

The suspect was caught by a combination of a cop’s instinct and a detective’s skill.

It was an image caught by surveillance cameras during a rash of armed robberies in November.

“Little businesses, carry-outs and gas stations,” said Lt. T.J. Smith, Anne Arundel County Police.

Most were along Crain Highway in Glen Burnie. The first was at a Pizza Boli’s. Within days there were four more.

“Scared. It’s really scary because us being right next door, he could have very well robbed us,” said Deidra Kelly.

“This wreaked havoc in that area, in that community, for our business owners leading right up to the Christmas holiday,” Smith said.

Police say Edmond Jarrod Riggs, 35, has been charged and jailed for those robberies. Here’s how:

A day after a woman encountered an armed robber in a parking lot, a cop on routine patrol saw a man sitting in a car. Something didn’t seem right, and the officer filed a field interview report after talking with the man. Once in the system:

“The district detective in our Eastern District was able to take that information from Nov. 10 and apply it to the Nov. 9 citizen robbery and get charges on this person,” said Smith.

But before he could be found and arrested, more robberies were pulled.

Now in custody, Edmond Jarrod Riggs has been charged with 35 counts, including robbery, assault and handgun violations. The feelings in Glen Burnie:

“Relieved. Yeah. He’s off the street,” Kelly said.

Edmond Jarrod Riggs is currently being held without bail.

Because a handgun was used in every robbery, police were anxious to find the suspect before an attack escalated into a shooting.

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