Police are investigating a series of robberies that were reported this week.
At 10 a.m. on Monday, July 23, a man was sitting in his van in the 2500-block of Putty Hill Avenue in Parkville (21234) when another man came up behind him, placed a knife to his side, and demanded money. The victim complied and then ran from the van to call the police.
Between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, two individuals used a hammer to break the front door glass to break into the Eastern Carroll Fuels store located in the 2900-block of Eastern Boulevard in Middle River (21220). One suspect entered and stole cigarettes and cash.
At just after 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, two individuals robbed a woman of her purse in the 1400-block of Fuselage Avenue in Middle River (21220). The purse contained a cell phone, house keys, and various personal items. One of the suspects was arrested.
At just after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, two individuals, one armed, entered Norman’s Liquors located in the 1700-block of Eastern Boulevard in Essex (21221). One suspect opened the cash register, removed the cash, then the suspects took cash from the victims’ pockets and purse before fleeing.
An unexpected turn of events left one member of an Essex mother and daughter scratch-off team in tears after they bought a $2 Bingo! instant ticket and a $3 scratch-off at Norman’s Liquors in Essex.
The duo initially won $5 on the $3 ticket and then started scratching the Bingo! game.
“I noticed we had four corners and knew that was worth $100, so I went to scan it to confirm before finishing the ticket,” said the daughter. “When I saw it was too high to cash, I realized we had an ‘X’ and won $30,000!”
While in tears, she quickly ran out of the store to tell her mother they actually won $30,000.
“I thought something was wrong when I saw her crying,” said the 69-year-old mother, a retired state employee. “I figured she went in to scan it and realized it wasn’t a winner at all. After that, we just kept checking and checking the ticket.”
On their way to Lottery headquarters, they drove past the port of Baltimore and saw the cruise ships. They decided then that they may want to spend some of their winnings on a cruise. In addition, they plan to pay bills, fix a car and have an extra special Christmas with the rest of their family.
For selling a top-prize instant ticket in the game, Norman’s Liquors at 1701 Eastern Blvd. in Essex will receive a $300 bonus. The Bingo! game still has one $30,000 top prize remaining and thousands of others ranging from $2 to $1,000.