Officer Melanie Sarita, the PG COPS Officer for the North College Park has this report for us.
The video Plus store on Rhode Island Avenue was robbed by gunpoint on 07/18/10 (Sunday) by a black male who is approximately 6’3. After the incident a canvass was done in the area with negative results. The suspects face was covered and cash was taken from the store.
Officer Sarita has spoken with the manager of the Video Plus and he is in the process of getting video surveillance together from the incident.
A number of residents have also reported that they heard gunshots in the Hollywood commercial area around 10:30pm of the same night. It’s yet to find out if the sounds of gun shots were anyway related to the VideoPlus robbery incident.
Later in teh day, the District 1 PGFD Police Chief Robert Liberati gave us a bit more details about the VideoPlus robbery incident. He also said there was one more armed robbery in another store a few days ago:
On Friday, July 16, 2010, at 11:15 PM a lone suspect robbed the Pizza Hut located in the 9000 block of Baltimore Ave. On Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 9:00 PM the Video Plus located in the 9900 block of Rhode Island Ave. was also robbed, possibly by the same suspect.
The lookout is for An African American Male, 5-06, with a black shirt or sweater over his face. In one robbery the suspect also was wearing a Blue Washington Nationals hat.
Anyone with any information please call the PGPD at 1-866-411-tips