It may have seemed like easy pickings.
First, the SAS Comfort Shoes store off of Padonia Road was targeted and then the Honey Baked ham store on York Road the following day -- both in Timonium, Md.
"The method of operation is similar in both cases,” said Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department. “Both times Ronald Baublitz went into the establishment, displayed a gun and pointed it at the clerk and demanded money. In both cases, the clerk turned over the cash drawer, he took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled."
But after a third armed robbery in as many days, police arrested Ronald "Buckshot" Baublitz and his wife, Jessica, and charged them with the crimes.
They are the same couple who committed similar crimes in Towson 14 years ago, although Jessica who acted as a getaway driver in one of the robberies, was just Buckshot's girlfriend back then.
Corrections officials say Ronald Baublitz was released from prison in January of last year, and he had already been arrested on theft, burglary and drug possession charges in the months since he regained his freedom.
Police say images from surveillance cameras led police to Buckshot, and victims say investigators discovered his fingerprints at one of the scenes, but the tattoo of a dagger on his forearm and another of barbed wire around his wrist certainly couldn't have hurt efforts to identify him.