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Ocean Pines Man Arrested for Armed Robbery, Impersonating Officer

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WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.- Police have arrested an Ocean Pines man charged with impersonating a police officer, armed robbery and related charges.

Detectives with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations say that at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Maryland State Police and county sheriff's deputies responded to a silent alarm activation at Larry's Trading Post in West Ocean City.

According to police, an investigation revealed that a male dressed in a black suit, black hat and black gloves entered the store, identified himself as a police officer and requested to inspect some of the handguns in the store. The store owner did not see a police badge or other police credentials, investigators said. However, police said the owner did observe the man to be wearing a handgun on his hip. The owner became suspicious about the man and asked to see his police credentials, investigators said. That is when the owner activated the silent alarm. Police said the man told the owner that he needed to go and drove away in a 2014 white Dodge Avenger. The man was also captured on the store video's surveillance system, police noted.

Investigators said that just before midnight that same evening, a female had pulled up to a ATM machine at a bank on Racetrack Road in Berlin to withdraw cash. Police said she observed a male holding a black rifle with a scope get out of a 2014 white Dodge Avenger and approach her at the ATM machine. Police said that out of fear, the woman fled the area and called for help. An all points bulletin was put out on the radio in order to locate the Dodge Avenger. The vehicle was stopped by a county sheriff's deputy a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 29-year-old Cory C. Richardson of Ocean Pines, was arrested and taken to the Sheriff's Office for questioning by WCBI detectives.

Detectives said they learned that Richardson had in fact been to Larry's Trading Post and subsequently seized the clothing he was wearing along with a black rifle with a scope. As a result of the investigation, Richardson was charged with armed robbery, handgun on person, personating a police officer, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, firearm use in violent crime and handgun in a vehicle. He was ordered held on $250,000 bond.

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