Gunmen blitz two pizza parlors during Super Bowl

March 19, 2002

Pizza shops already bring in extra staff for Super Bowl Sunday sales, but it appears they may have to consider extra security next year.

A pair of gunmen robbed two pizzerias in Howard County, Md., just hours after that evening's dinner rush ended. The shops, located about 10 miles apart, were robbed within 90 minutes of each other, and in similar fashion.

According to The Baltimore Sun's Web site, two men in dark clothing entered Pizza Time in North Laurel about 8:30 p.m., and pointing handguns at three employees. The men took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, plus the employees' personal cash.

At about 10 p.m., a pair of men also robbed Pizza Boli's in Columbia. One robber brandished a handgun while the other took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.

Howard County police believe the two robberies could be connected, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

"Any time two robberies happen in the same time period and have similar circumstances, we investigate the possibility they are related," Llewellyn told the Sun. "But we're not confident enough to say for sure in this case."

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