Crime, Police/Fire

High’s unicorn bandits identified

Unicorn Bandits BaltimoreUPDATE: Police have released a photo of the unicorn bandit in action – click here.

Original story below…


Police in Baltimore County have charged two suspects in the armed robbery of High’s Dairy Store on Long Green Pike early Saturday morning.

Jacob William Rogge, 28, of the 7900-block of Bradshaw Road (21156), has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft, and destruction of property after robbing the High’s store around 5 a.m. Saturday morning dressed in a full-body, white and pink unicorn costume and wielding a crow bar, which he used to smash one of the registers when he demanded money from the employee.

Rogge fled with cash and cigarettes in a silver Hyundai Elantra driven by his accomplice, Joseph Philip Svezzese, 27, of the 600-block of Thames Way (21014). Svezzese has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, and theft.

Officers responding to the call passed the silver Elantra which fit the description of the suspect vehicle. Before the officers could turn around and stop the vehicle, it lost control and crossed over the oncoming traffic lane on Manor Road at Sweet Air Road, crashing into mailboxes, a BGE pole, shrubbery, and finally a boulder. The vehicle then bounced back across Manor Road where it came to a stop after hitting a tree.

Both suspects were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries. Svezzese was treated and released and is being held without bail pending a bail review hearing.

Rogge remains hospitalized in serious condition, receiving an initial bail hearing on Monday afternoon resulting in no-bond status.

Evidence was recovered at the scene of the crash linking the suspects to the robbery.

The unicorn costume was discarded prior to the crash but later recovered by police by the side of the road.

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