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Suspects in Charles Co. liquor store robberies believed to be connected to PG robberies

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Surveillance image of one of the male suspects in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office) Surveillance image of one of the male suspects in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office)
Surveillance image of the second male suspect in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office) Surveillance image of the second male suspect in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office)
Surveillance image of female suspect in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office) Surveillance image of female suspect in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office)
Surveillance image of female suspect in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office) Surveillance image of female suspect in Sept. 14 robbery of Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road (Charles County Sheriff's Office)
WASHINGTON -

Two men suspected of robbing at least three liquor stores in Prince George's County last month are believed to be behind two similar robberies in Charles County.

Police say a woman captured on surveillance camera appears to be involved.

Charles County Police say the suspects robbed Portside Liquors in the 6900 block of Indian Head Highway in Bryans Road on the morning of September 2.

Owner Debra Bakir wasn't at the store when it happened, but says two employees and a customer were. She says the suspects cased the store for a while, then bought a soda before announcing a robbery.

"They took the three of them into the back hallway and set them on the floor, and requesting ‘Where was the safe? Where is money?"' says Bakir.

She says before the robbers could get anything, a longtime customer came in looking for the workers.

The suspects ran out the back door.

"They had a gun," Bakir says. "None of my employees were hurt. We didn't lose anything, so we're extremely lucky."

A little more than a week later on September 11, Country Place Liquors in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road was held up at gunpoint too.

An employee, who was alone at the time, says he was tied up and forced into a freezer. He says the robbers took cash, lottery tickets and liquor.

Charles County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Diane Richardson says investigators believe the suspects are the same and that a woman caught on camera is involved.

"This female was connected to these lottery tickets in that she tried to cash one of them, and we got surveillance footage of her doing that," Richardson says.

Richardson adds, "She has also been linked to one of the robberies in Charles County. She may have been one of the drivers of the getaway car."

The getaway car was described as a white SUV. It is the same type of car spotted last month after a string of liquor store robberies in Prince George's County.

Police believe the suspects are the same.

They say in each case, two men posing as customers entered the stores shortly after opening. One of the men then pulled out a gun and announced a robbery before they tied up employees and stole cash.

At Portside Liquors, Bakir says there isn't much more she can do to prevent such robberies. She is just hoping they catch the suspects soon before their robbery spree turns deadly.

"I was lucky I wasn't hurt, but they have hurt people," says Bakir.

Anyone with information on the two male suspects or the woman are being asked to call police at (301) 609-6477. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or indictment.


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