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Original release (August 30, 2016  12:23 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for an August 5 robbery at an Essex gas station.

Just before 9 a.m. on August 5, the suspect entered a BP gas station store in the 200 block of Eastern Boulevard 21221. He displayed a gun and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene.

Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Pictures of the suspect were captured on the store’s video surveillance system.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

You can remain anonymous.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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Joint News Release
June 14, 2016

Cooperation among area law enforcement agencies has led to a suspect being charged in numerous convenience store robberies.

It all started just before 1 a.m. on May 24, when a male suspect walked into a Royal Farms Store in the 7200 block of York Road 21212. He displayed a handgun and demanded that the clerk open the register. The man fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes.

During the next 15 days, the suspect robbed at least six convenience stores spread across several different counties.

The Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore City Police Department, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Howard County Police Department, and the FBI Baltimore Violent Crimes Task Force routinely share information and work together on cases. Working together, detectives from these agencies were able to identify the suspect as 28‐year‐old Mark Eugene Peters (no fixed address). Peters was taken into custody on June 9.

Peters has been charged with multiple counts of armed robbery in connection with the Baltimore County incidents. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He has not yet been served with the arrest warrants from other jurisdictions.

The joint investigation has indicated that Peters is responsible for the robberies listed below:

Baltimore County
    May 24 12:45 a.m.     Royal Farms Store  - 7200 block of York Road 21212
    May 24 2:45 a.m.       Royal Farms Store  - 7900 block of Pulaski Highway 21237
    May 25 2:26 a.m.       Royal Farms Store  - 1000 block of Eastern Boulevard 21221
    June 4 3:37 a.m.        Royal Farms Store  - 4300 block of Hollins Ferry Road 21227

Harford County
    May 30 12:27 a.m.     Royal Farms Store  - 2000 block of Mountain Road 21085

Howard County
    May 29 3:19 p.m.       Royal Farms Store  - 8600 block of Washington Boulevard 20794

Detectives are continuing to work to see if the suspect is involved in the below listed robberies in Baltimore City.
    May 25 1:49 a.m.       Royal Farms Store - 6100 block of Holabird Avenue 21224
    May 26 12:10 a.m.     Royal Farms Store - 3700 block of Fleet Street 21224
    May 26 12:42 a.m.     7-Eleven - 600 block of West 33rd Street 21211
    June 2 1:21 a.m.        Royal Farms Store - 200 block of West Coldspring Avenue 21210
    June 2 2:08 a.m.        Royal Farms Store - 1000 block of West 41st Street 21211
    June 6 12:55 a.m.      Royal Farms Store - 3600 block of Keswick Avenue 21211
    June 8 2:16 a.m.        Royal Farms Store - 1000 block of West 41st Street 21211
    June 8 4:24 a.m.        7-Eleven - 6200 block of Belair Road 21206

All of the incidents remain under investigation.

Booking Photograph of Mark Eugene Peters

Original release (January 7, 2016  9:04 p.m.):

It was mid-afternoon in late December 2015 in Essex. A light rain was falling as officer Canup, an eight-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, was patrolling Eastern Boulevard. He noticed a car off to the side of the road and an elderly woman who needed help with a flat tire. He stopped to help the woman, and was joined by officer Campbell, a 19-year veteran of the department. Officer Canup changed the tire with the assistance of officer Campbell and the woman was able to drive away.

Officer Canup and officer Campbell did not think they were doing anything special. It was their duty as police officers to help others. Don Crocket, a resident of Essex, witnessed their good deed and thought what they did for the woman deserved recognition.

Don went to police officials as well as elected officials and arranged a small awards ceremony for the officers. He had a lot of praise for the Canup, Campbell, and the other members of the Baltimore County Police Department stating “We have the best department in the United States”.

On January 7, a ceremony was held at the Essex Precinct station. In attendance were Captain Andre Davis, the new precinct commander, Major Steven Hlavach, the former precinct commander and current Major of the Operations Bureau, Lieutenant Joe Jamerson, County Councilman Todd Crandell, State Delegates Robin Gramer, Bob Long, and Rick Metzgar, as well as Don Crocket and members of the Essex Precinct staff. The elderly motorist lives out of state and did not attend the ceremony. Officer Canup and Officer Campbell were presented with several certificates of appreciation.

Major Hlavach thanked the officials presenting the certificates stating that what the officers did “fits with our values” and that the Essex precinct area was a “special place” where officers have a good relationship with the community.

Captain Andre Davis stated “Officer Canup, Officer Campbell, and the other officers in the Essex Precinct are dedicated to building positive relationships with the communities that they protect and serve. What Officer Canup and Officer Campbell did is part of that and I am proud of them all”.

More pictures of the ceremony are available on our Facebook page.

Revised September 27, 2016