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Former Frostburg man facing theft and robbery charges

September 27th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

At approximately 8:25 PM Wednesday, Maryland State Police responded to Walmart in LaVale for a reported shoplifting. When Troopers arrived they learned that a male suspect had been observed stealing items from the electronics department, and when confronted by store employees, he fled on foot into the parking lot towards Sears.

Troopers began checking in the area of Sears. They located a male subject who was changing his shirt from one color to another in an apparent attempt to conceal his identity. The subject was detained and was positively identified by Walmart employees as the suspect observed stealing items from Walmart. A search of the suspect after his arrest led to the recovery of additional items stolen from Sears.

The suspect’s vehicle was towed from the parking lot, and during an inventory of the vehicle a small amount of suspected CDS and CDS paraphernalia was located in plain view on the floor of the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The suspect, identified as 24 year old Brendan Patrick Orr, formerly of Frostburg, but currently using a Kensington, MD address, was charged with Theft, Possession of CDS–Not Marijuana, and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.

After his arrest, Troopers discovered that there was an outstanding warrant for Orr for Robbery. Those charges stem from an incident that occurred on 01/05/2012 at the Pit & Go Convenience Store and Gas Station in Lonaconing.

On Thursday, 01/05/2012, at approximately 1:00 AM, a lone suspect entered the Pit N Go Convenience Store and Gas Station in Lonaconing and approached the counter. The suspect wanted to make a purchase, but when the employee on duty opened the cash register to conclude the purchase, the suspect reached over the counter and pushed the employee, reached into the register, and removed an undisclosed sum of cash. The suspect fled the store on foot, heading north. The suspect did not display a weapon at any time during the incident.

The Maryland State Police responded to the scene. A short track of the suspect’s foot prints in the snow led to where officials believed the suspect had a vehicle parked, which he then entered to flee the scene.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-twenties to early thirties in age, with a “scruffy” beard and mustache, approximately 6-00 feet tall, and 170 to 180 pounds in weight. He was wearing a black colored “hoodie” type sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a ball cap. He had the hood of the sweatshirt pulled up over his head in an apparent attempt to disguise his face.

Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Video surveillance in the store was reviewed and photos of the suspect were obtained.

The crime scene was processed by a Maryland State Police Crime Lab Technician. Items recovered during processing at the scene were forwarded to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab for analysis. A newspaper that the suspect was reading while waiting for another customer to leave the store before committing the robbery was processed for fingerprints. On 09/20/2012 C3I Investigators were advised that fingerprints obtained from the paper were positively identified as Orr’s. C3I Investigators then applied for and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Orr was charged with Robbery, Theft, and Assault as a result.

Orr was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance for both incidents. He was ordered held on $5000.00 bond on the Theft charges and $25,000.00 bond on the Robbery charges. He is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on a total of $30,000.00 bond pending his next court appearance.

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