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Police: drug store bandits to jail

Montgomery County police locked down a section of Gathersburg early Tuesday and were able to track down two suspects who had robbed a nearby drug store, authorities said.

The men, 25 and 26, had been in town for about a week and were staying with a friend near the Rite Aid drug store, 662 Quince Orchard Road, police said.

At 8:37 a.m., a store manager called police to say two men had just walked in, approached the front counter as if to purchase items, pulled out a gun and pointed it at an employee, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a police spokesman.

The pair got cash from a safe, and ran away on foot, Friz said.

Officers arrived and "basically locked the area down," he said. Police also received a call for two suspicious acting people at a nearby apartment complex.

Officers moved in, and a police dog tracked them to common stairway at the complex, Friz said. The two men were not bitten, and were taken into custody without incident, Friz said.

Officers haven't found a weapon. "The gun was ditched," Friz said.

He identified the two suspects as: Terrell Reginald Kane, 26, of the 1200 block of South 53rd Street, Philadelphia, and Anthony Derrick Eskridge Jr., 25, of the 2400 block of North 11th Street, Philadelphia.

Each will be charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and first-degree assault, Friz said.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  July 13, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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why would you charge someone with "conspiracy" to do something, when you've already charged them with the doing?
they should also be charged with use of a handgun in a crime of violence, which carries a minimum, mandatory five year sentence, and a max of fifteen in addition to any time given for the other charges. Also, if they're convicted felons, they should be charged with felon in possession of a firearm, but most of the time state and county aren't smart enough to think of that. I know a guy who got busted for selling hash, and when he got arrested the county police confiscated some firearms. Eventually they returned the firearms to him, despite the fact that he was committed to a mental institution involuntarily for over ten years. Fed and state law consider this the same as convicted felon, i.e., not permitted to own any kind of firearm. A year or so after the cops gave him back the guns he used one to kill his father. This happened 7 or 8 years ago, and I'm pretty much the only person who realizes that this guy used a weapon the police gave back to him that he was legally prohibited from having. Police haven't realized it, the family of the victim haven't realized it. Sounds like a pretty good basis for a law suit to me, but none of my business. Not my job to get involved. at any rate if you're charged for armed robbery w/a gun, there should be a charge for using the gun in the commission of a violent crime

Posted by: red2million | July 13, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for all of the wanna be Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons to come out of the woodwork and somehow blame the police for their response.
All the while not addressing the commiting of a felony by the suspects.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | July 13, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

How come they just didn't stay up Philly and rob a drugstore up there?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 13, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"how come they didn't stay in Philly and rob"

Too much competition. Same reason they didn't go to Capitol Heights or SW DC.

Posted by: wjc1va | July 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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