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Fruitland Police Arrest Robbery Suspect

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FRUITLAND, Md.- A "lucky" break helped police put an end to a rash of business robberies in Fruitland. Fruitland police said the robberies happened over a 14-day period. Police said a total of five businesses were hit. Four businesses were robbed including the Fruitland Post Office and one business was burglarized.

Police said the robberies are tied to one man, 32-year-old Antwane Curtis Jones. Police said Jones was matched as the suspect after he was seen on surveillance cameras breaking into the Lucky Star restaurant. 

Lt. Brian Swafford, with the Fruitland police department said witnesses and victims were able to give detailed descriptions in the robberies. 

"In all the other instances the suspect was described as a single black male, face covered except for eyes. The victims and witnesses were able to give us some really detailed other information, such as tattoos and other things, that really helped out a lot," Swafford said. 

Police said they were able to further identify Jones by matching the unique feature descriptions given by witnesses and victims to the suspect seen in Lucky Star's surveillance video. 

Jack Chen, manager of Lucky Star restaurant, said he watched Jones break into the restaurant and steal a piggy bank from off the front counter. 

"I think he was trying to find something else, but it was too dark. He kept coming in and going out, but he didn't see anything. I think it was too dark, so he just grabbed the piggy bank and went out." Chen said.

Antwane Jones was arrested on May 6. Police said Jones confessed to committing the rash of robberies and burglary.

"There's no indication he was working with anybody," Swafford said. "He was completely independent in this. We took this very personally from the time that the first robbery occurred."

Jones is charged with robbery, assault, and theft. Jones is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on $600,000 bail. Jones is scheduled to appear in court June 6. 

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