BALTIMORE —Baltimore County police said another Goodwill store has been robbed, marking the fourth robbery in eight days.
The most recent robbery occurred about 8 p.m. Friday at the Cockeysville Goodwill in the 200 block of West Padonia Road in Timonium.
“At this point, (we’re) not sure the (Goodwill) stores were targeted — (the stores might be) targets of random violence,” Baltimore County Detective Cathy Batton said.
Police said a masked man entered the store and was armed with a handgun. He made several customers and employees go to the office area of the store, police said.
He took an undisclosed amount of money from the registers and the safe, according to detectives. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
K-9 units said they searched the area after the robbery, but the robber is still on the run.
The same store was the scene of an attempted robbery on Nov. 11. The Towson Goodwill was robbed on Nov. 11 and Wednesday.
“Goodwill is a store for poor people — people who need it. So I’m kind of surprised that people would even think about robbing that kind of store,” shopper Wen Huang said.
After the first three robberies, Goodwill officials said they were taking extra precautions and improving security.
“I’m just shocked that they’re targeting Goodwills. It’s a charitable place — why would they go after that?” shopper Joel Ozbolt said.
Goodwill stores operate primarily on donations, and officials said the revenue generated in the stores is used to reach out to the community and offer job opportunities and training programs.
“We are aware of the concerns. We want to do whatever possible to ensure customers feel safe — not only at Goodwill stores but other stores during this holiday season,” Batton said.
Police said they believe the two Towson robberies are related, and they’re looking at possible connections between the Towson and Timonium robberies.
Police said anyone with information about the incidents should call 410-307-2020.