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Do you have information on a robbery at the Royal Farm Store on North Point Boulevard? You just might.

Royal Farms robbery suspectThis suspect has taken extreme measures not to be identified, but we believe that someone may have information on this person's identity or information that may help lead us to identify him. Either way, we'd like to hear from you.

This suspect is believed to have committed armed robberies at the Royal Farm Store at 4015 North Point Boulevard on Thursday, August 30, at 10:42 p.m. and again early yesterday morning, September 10, at 2:33 a.m.

In both instances the suspect approaches the store from the area of Salty Dog's Crab House, approaches the counter displaying a handgun, and demands cash and cigarettes. He flees on foot back toward the crab house.

If you were in the area at the time of either of these robberies, if you saw anything or anyone that looked out of place or suspicious, or if you have heard anything about either of these robberies we want to hear from you. You just might have information that could help us stop this robber before he hurts someone. Call 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip:

UPDATE (September 27, 2016  11:47 a.m.):

The officer involved in the September 23 shooting of a Pikesville bank robbery suspect has been identified as Sergeant Bortner. He is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and is currently assigned to the Pikesville Precinct. He has not been involved in any prior shooting incidents. Sergeant Bortner is on administrative status, a standard procedure for officers involved in shootings.

All investigations related to this case remain ongoing. That includes the Homicide investigation and an internal review to ensure that BCoPD policies and procedures were followed.

The preliminary investigation indicates that an officer asked the driver of the suspect vehicle for his license. As the driver, Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr., reached for the license, the officer saw money and a second suspect -- Michael Eugene Stratton -- in the back seat. The officer pulled his service weapon and ordered the occupants of the car to show their hands.

Sergeant Bortner responded at this point to back up his fellow officer. Colvin, the driver, ignored multiple commands, accelerated quickly and drove the vehicle directly at Sergeant Bortner.

Updated Release 9/25/16 1:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the second man involved in the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Michael Eugene Stratton, 45, of the 500-block of West Presstman Street, 21217 has been charged with two counts of robbery. Stratton is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status. This suspect is believed to have been involved in several bank robberies in the Baltimore area during the month of September. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Below is the booking picture of Michael Eugene Stratton: 

Michael Eugene Stratton

Updated Release 9/24/16 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the man who was killed during the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr, 33, of the 8400 blk Winands Rd, 21208, was pronounced deceased shortly after the incident. An officer fired his service weapon when the vehicle operated by Colvin drove towards the officer. Additional information will be released once it becomes available. 

Original Release 9/23/16 3:00 p.m.

A suspect who had just participated in a Pikesville bank robbery was fatally shot by police this afternoon as he and a second suspect fled the scene in a car.

Both suspects are male. The suspect who was fatally shot was driving the car. The second suspect -- believed by police to be the "Aviator" serial bank robber wanted by the FBI --  suffered non-life threatening injuries; charges against him are pending.

The robbery occurred at 1:08 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Information that the suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle was transmitted immediately to law enforcement. Officers shut down traffic in the area of Old Court and Falls roads in order to impede the suspects' flight along a likely escape route.

The investigation by the Homicide Unit is in its preliminary stages. This preliminary investigation indicates that officers were on foot on Old Court Road along the line of stopped traffic when a Ford Taurus traveling east on Old Court pulled out of the line of stopped traffic, crossed the center line and drove toward one of the officers. At about 1:20 p.m., as the vehicle was coming toward the officer, the officer fired into the front windshield of the car, striking the driver.

The car went through the intersection with Falls Road, continuing onto Ruxton Road and striking a civilian vehicle. This vehicle in turn struck a second civilian vehicle. No serious injuries are reported to the people in these vehicles.

The bank robbery was committed by passing a note, a common tactic among bank robbers. Police recovered money and bank property from the Taurus. Police have not recovered a weapon from the suspects or the suspect vehicle.

An administrative review is conducted for all police-involved shootings. The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative status, a standard procedure. BCoPD intends to release his last name about 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with its agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

In addition to the  Homicide investigation and the administrative review, the Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy.

There is body camera footage from a responding officer at this scene. This footage does not capture the shooting itself. The officer who fired his weapon was not equipped with a camera; BCoPD's body camera program launched in July, and to date about 100 of the more than 1,400 officers who eventually will wear them have been assigned cameras.

UPDATE (March 23):

Baltimore County Robbery detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Stanley Jerome Macklin of the 2500 block Francis St. 21217 charging him in connection with the following robberies:

November 12, 2014 : High’s in the 8700 block of Liberty Road 21133
Just before 12:30 p.m., the suspect entered the store, approached the counter, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

The original release for this incident is available on our news blog:

January 20 : U.S. Fuel in the 4300 block of Southwestern Boulevard 21228
At 7:34 p.m., the subject walked into the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

January 26 : Cigarette Outlet in the 5500 block of East Drive 21227
At 4 p.m., the suspect entered the store, pointed a handgun at the owner and demanded money, Newport cigarettes, and a tobacco grinder. He fled the store in an unknown direction.

January 29 : Cigarette Outlet in the 5500 block of East Drive 21227
Just before 6 p.m., the suspect the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money and cigarettes. The suspect then fled the scene.

There were no reports of injuries during any of these incidents.

Stanley Jerome Macklin remains in custody at the Central Booking and Intake Facility in Baltimore City and has not been served with the Baltimore County arrest warrant yet.

Original release (March 20):

Baltimore County Police, working in partnership with Baltimore City Police, yesterday arrested a Baltimore man suspected of 49 armed robberies in the city and county.

Stanley Macklin has been arrested in several armed robberies in the city and county.The suspect, Stanley Jerome Macklin, 35, of the 2500 block Francis St., 21217, was dubbed the "khaki pants robber" by detectives because he often wore khakis when committing crimes.

Macklin was arrested without incident at a medical facility in the 2300 block of Garrison Blvd., where he was scheduled to meet with his Parole and Probation officer. BCoPD and BPD have been looking for Macklin since October 27, 2014, when an armed robber hit a 7-Eleven in the city – the first robbery in a string of similar crimes in the city and county. The most recent robbery occurred March 7, 2015.

Macklin is suspected in a total of 49 armed robberies -- 18 in the city and 31 in the county. BPD has charged him with one robbery; BCoPD has a warrant charging him with four robberies. In addition, federal charges are pending. (FBI representatives also attended today's briefing.)

Macklin has targeted small businesses such as gas stations and convenience stores. Most of the Baltimore County cases occurred in Precinct 1/Wilkens, but Macklin’s total crimes cover a broad geographic area.

Photo of press conference to announce arrest made in several armed robberies.At a press briefing this morning at Baltimore City Police headquarters, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson and BPD Commissioner Anthony Batts called this a "difficult" case in which Macklin managed to elude police even after both agencies distributed images of the suspect captured on surveillance cameras through social and mainstream media and despite the offer of a cash reward through Metro Crime Stoppers.

"It was difficult, but we were up to the challenge," Johnson said, crediting solid police work by robbery detectives from both agencies.

Method of Operation

In each crime, Macklin displayed a revolver and, Batts said, used "fear and intimidation" to rob store clerks. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies. But during a mid-January robbery at a 7-Eleven on Compass Road in Essex, Macklin fired a round into a display when the clerk was not cooperative.

Macklin, who police believe acted alone, disguised himself while committing the crimes.

A break came in March during the investigation of a robbery in Hamilton. Detectives obtained evidence in that case that led to a potential suspect. Using technology and surveillance, BPD and BCoPD detectives built their case.

Revised June 27, 2017