Aberdeen Man Indicted in Ellicott City, Elkridge Robberies
Suspect wanted cash, cigarettes.
An Aberdeen man has been indicted on several theft, robbery and assault charges in connection with two armed robberies in two days.
According to court records, Theodore Bratton Heath, 34, is accused of stealing cigarettes, energy drinks and cash from the 7-Eleven at 4882 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City and cash and cigarettes from the CVS Pharmacy at 6480 Old Waterloo Road in Elkridge.
Police responded to the CVS on Saturday, Feb. 18. According to the charging document, an employee told police that a suspect wearing a black knit hat, black gloves, jeans and sneakers asked for help. The employee said that the suspect lifted his shirt and showed a gun.
The employee told police that he gave the suspect the money from the register – about $140 – and cartons of cigarettes.
Close to noon the next day police were called to the 7-Eleven for another incident. According to the charging document, an employee said that a suspect came to the counter with five energy drinks and said, “'I have a gun, give me all the money.'”
The employee told police that he thought the suspect was joking and started to ring up the drinks when the suspect lifted up his shirt and showed a gun. Then, according to the employee, the suspect asked for several cartons of cigarettes and told the employee to remove the drawers from the cash register.
As the suspect was taking the money, according to the employee, a second employee walked up to the counter. At that point the suspect pulled the gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the second employee, according to the charging documents.
Police took still pictures from the security camera footage at the 7-Eleven and the nearby Bella Mia Pizza and distributed them department-wide.
On Feb. 21, an officer saw a vehicle pulling out of the Merriweather Post Pavilion parking lot that matched the suspect’s. The officer stopped the vehicle and noted the driver smelled of alcohol and had cartons of cigarettes on the floor and a map of Maryland spread out on the passenger seat.
After first identifying himself as Christopher Mark Bratton, the driver later identified himself as Heath, according to police. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Heath was indicted last week and faces three counts each of robbery, theft and assault. Heath was being held at the Department of Corrections in Jessup.