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Getaway driver flips on robbers, police say

Matt Zapotosky

A loose-lipped getaway driver has led investigators in Calvert County to identify three suspects who might be responsible for a home invasion robbery Tuesday night, authorities said.

The circumstances of the robbery were pretty standard for a home invasion: three men, all armed with shotgun-type weapons, kicked in the door to a home on Mackall Road in St. Leonard just before 10 p.m., police said.

They told the occupants — a woman, her fiance and her fiance’s 17-year-old son — to get on the floor, waved guns in their faces and demanded prescription pills that they apparently knew were in the house. They left with six bottles of painkillers, legitimately prescribed to the woman, police said.

That’s where things started to go haywire for the robbers.

Immediately after the incident, the fiance spotted what looked like a getaway car idling at the intersection of Matapeake Court and Mackall Road. Only one woman was inside. The man gave investigators a description of the vehicle, and they soon tracked it down — with the woman still inside, police said.

That was a lucky break. Even luckier: The woman, who police declined to immediately identify, gave up the whole scheme, saying she was, in fact, the getaway driver.

She was arrested and charged, and police say they will have arrest warrants for the other men “in short order.”

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 2, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Calvert , Matt Zapotosky  | Tags: confession, home invasion, pain killers  
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