Car crashes into hardware store in west Baltimore

BALTIMORE - Neighbors say they first heard police sirens coming down North West Avenue, then the unforgettable sound of a car slamming into a building.

Police say they were following a possible robbery suspect who first tried to escape by car, and then after the crash into Carey Hardware by foot.

"I was like Lord, it's gonna hit the building. And it hit it. It went into the store. And a guy jumped out and tried to run," says Yvonne Gordon, who lives above the hardware store.

A sign on the door showed Carey Hardware is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but on Tuesday afternoon the doors remained closed. It wasn't a closure by choice, but because the corner store had to get drilling on a bigger issue.

"Everybody was telling me how it really rocked the whole building," says Walter Price, who owns Carey Hardware.

Price has sold tools here for 23 years. He says just before noon, a car slammed into the side wall, leaving a gaping hole in its place.

"Two employees were in here," he said. "They were in the back, if they would have been up front they wouldn't be here because we had plenty of screws and nuts and bolts right on this front wall. All knocked all over the store."

Neighbors living above the shop say the crash shook the entire building. 

"I was in the window. And I seen the car coming up the street, and I'm like, 'It's gonna hit the building!' And it did. Bam. I was shaken," Gordon said.

Police say detectives from the department's Regional Auto Theft Task Force tried to stop someone thought to be a robbery suspect. Instead of pulling over, the suspect sped off, ultimately crashing into the wall.

Price says it's not the first time.

"Basically the same thing," he says. "Police were chasing a guy and he ran into the building. That was probably about 6 or 7 years ago. Hit it right in the same place it was then."

Police confirmed that the suspect tried to run after the crash, but was captured a short distance from the scene. No one was injured.




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