Anne Arundel County is investigating multiple robberies that have occurred over the last 24 hours.
Police said officers responded at 7:02 p.m. Monday to the Mars grocery store located in the 8500 block of Fort Smallwood Rd. in Pasadena for a report of a theft.
Officers reported that an elderly female and her companion were getting into their car in the parking lot when two unidentified male suspects came up from behind them and stole her purse. The suspects then ran into a neighboring community. The victim suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment.
Then at 9:39 p.m. Monday, officers responded to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located in the 7300 block of B&A Blvd. in Glen Burnie after that business was robbed.
Police said a male suspect entered the business, produced a handgun and demanded money. The male took an undetermined amount of money and fled through the rear door of the business.
Also on Monday, at approximately 10:57 p.m., officers responded to the Walmart, located in the 3500 block of Russett Green East in Laurel for a report on an armed subject with a gun.
An employee told police she was working at the customer service counter when an individual approached and attempted to return a used electronic tablet device, but his request was refused as he was unable to provide a receipt.
The employee added that the individual then took a pair of headphones off of his head and tried to return them as well, but again did not have a receipt. The individual then placed a backpack on the counter, took out what looked to be a black sub-compact machine gun, later identified as a CO2 powered BB-gun and pointed it at the employee.
The employee yelled and the suspect then fled through the front door without obtaining money.
Police soon arrested the suspect, identified as Shahzad M. Iqbal, 41, of the 3400 block of Laurel Fort Meade Rd. in Laurel.
Finally at 5:04 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to the 7-Eleven, located in the 500 block of Donaldson Ave. in Severn for a report of a robbery of the business.
A store clerk told police a male entered the store armed with a shotgun and demanded money. The individual took an undetermined amount of money and ran out of the store to the left of the building.