Updated March 18, 2011

On the evening of Saturday, March 5, Eldersburg residents may have noticed a helicopter with searchlights circling above the intersection of Liberty and Sykesville Roads.

The Tuesday Morning Store, in the back area of Princess shopping Center (home of Bob Evans, Rita’s, Crossroads Bowling, Domino’s Pizza and other businesses) was robbed around 7:00 p.m. by a young man with a knife, who then fled on foot.

The helicopter search on Saturday was unsuccessful, but Maryland State Police continued their investigation and found sufficient evidence against Joseph Schmier, to charge him.  Schmeir, a 17-year-old who lives on Jennifer Way in Sykesville, turned himself in to police on March 10. He is also being charged with the robbery of Gaither Market and Deli in Sykesville that occurred on Friday, March 4.

Schmier was charged as an adult, with two counts each of armed robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree assault in addition to reckless endangerment, theft of between $1,000 and $10,000, theft of under $1,000.

In both robberies, the suspect was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a red and white bandanna, and no one was injured, although the suspect was reported to have held a knife to a clerk’s throat at Tuesday Morning.  Some evidence showed that there may be another individual who was involved in the robberies.

On Thursday, March 17 Matthew Joseph Santiago, 19, surrendered to police after they had charged him with conspiracy, accessory, and theft.  He was the clerk on duty at Tuesday morning who allegedly had a knife pointed at his throat by the robber.  He is also a former roommate of Schmeir, and his current resident is on Obrecht Road, just a few blocks from Schmeir’s current residence.

The investigation that led to Schmier’s arrest was helped along by an anonymous tip.  Residents who have any information that may be helpful should contact the Maryland State Police (Barrack G – Westminster)
1100 Baltimore Boulevard
Westminster, Maryland  21157
410-386-3000 (phone)     410-386-3003 (fax)
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