Cumberland Police Department

  • Agency: Cumberland Police Department
  • Address: 20 Bedford Street, Cumberland, 21502 MD
  • Chief: Charles H Hinnant (Chief of Police)
Phone: 301-777-1600
Fax: 301-759-6544

Cumberland Police Department is located at 20 Bedford Street, Cumberland, 21502 MD. The Chief of Police of the department is Charles H Hinnant. The Cumberland Police Department phone number is 301-777-1600.

Cumberland Police Department News

*** PRESS RELEASE *** On 12/08/2017, at 9:27 AM, the Cumberland Police responded to First United Bank, on Harrison Street in Cumberland, after a hold up alarm was received from that location. The first arriving officers learned that a lone male suspect had entered the bank, approached a teller, and presented a note demanding money. The teller complied with the demand and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then exited the bank and fled the area on foot. On 04/16/2018, at 9:04 AM, the Cumberland Police responded to the M&T Bank, located in Rose's Plaza in Cumberland, after a hold up alarm was received from that location. The first arriving officers learned that a lone male suspect had entered the bank, approached a teller, displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the teller. The teller complied with the demand and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then exited the bank and fled the area on foot. In both instances the Cumberland Police responded to the scene, and with the assistance of allied law enforcement agencies, searched the area, but did not locate the suspect at that time. Follow up investigation was turned over to the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I). Investigators learned that there had been a robbery in Frederick, Maryland on 03/16/2018, at 9:07 AM, at the PNC Bank on West Patrick Street. In all three cases the banks were robbed shortly after opening for the day, and the basic description of the suspect was the same, a white male wearing what was believed to be a fake beard, a hoodie, sunglasses, and other items to try to conceal his identity. After each robbery, C3I Investigators reviewed surveillance video from the bank and from nearby businesses. After the M & T robbery, Investigators developed a suspect vehicle. They soon discovered that it was displaying stolen tags on it. Investigators were able to determine a make and model on the suspect vehicle. Knowing the color, they were able to narrow down the number of vehicles of that make, model, and color that were registered in the State of Maryland. Investigators soon learned that the stolen tags had been reported stolen in the same neighborhood as one of the registered vehicles that matched the suspect vehicle. With this information, Investigators from a variety of different law enforcement agencies, including the Frederick Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, the Baltimore County Police, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and C3I began maintaining surveillance on the suspect and his vehicle. On 05/04/2018, at approximately 6:30 AM, the suspect left his residence in Baltimore County and headed west on Interstate 70. At approximately 9:15 AM he exited his vehicle and approached a bank on West Patrick Street in Frederick. At that point the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect has been identified as 52 year old Gary Edward Barnett of Dundalk, Maryland. He has been charged in Frederick County with two counts of Robbery, two counts of Theft, and related charges. Additional charges in Allegany County are pending for both the robbery at First United and the robbery at M & T. Investigators are currently preparing search warrants for both Barnett's vehicle, and his residence in Dundalk, in order to recover additional evidence related to the crimes. The investigation is continuing by C3I.

Today in collaboration with the Board of Education, we had a mock DUI/distracted driving crash presentation at Fort Hill High School. The effort included resources from Cumberland City Police, the Cumberland Fire Department, MSP Aviation, and Adams Funeral Home. The vehicles were donated by Peer's Towing. The event was hosted by Sgt. Andrew Tichnell and SRO Chris Fraley. The student actors and SADD organization also participated. With the coming weeks of proms and graduations it is very important that each student understands the impacts of every decision that is made. This is the impact to them personally but also to those around them - parents, relatives, friends, and families. Although the demonstration was a re-enactment we hope that the students remember this and make the BEST DECISION when or if a situation arises.

The Cumberland Police Department will be conducting a mock crash at Ft Hill High School in the rear parking lot beginning promptly at 0930hrs for those that wish to attend. There will also be one on May 9th at Allegany High School.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 The Cumberland Police Department would like to remind our residents and visitors of parking regulations in place for the City of Cumberland. The police department enforces these regulations for public safety. The City of Cumberland Code of Ordinances regulates the parking of vehicles on city streets. Vehicles must park with the flow of traffic. Vehicles are prohibited from crossing over the center of the roadway to illegally park facing traffic as this creates a hazardous condition when the vehicle pulls in or out of the parked position. Parking in this fashion obstructs the driver’s view of on-coming traffic when exiting the parking space. The only exception would be on a “one way” street where parking is permitted on both sides. Violations of this law may result in a fine of $25.00. The Cumberland Police Department is committed to enforcing state and local laws in an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes and injuries. We request the public’s compliance with these laws as we strive to keep our residents and visitors safe. Below is the parking ordinance which can be found on the City of Cumberland’s web page. Sec. 13-97. - Manner of parking generally. Except as otherwise provided, all vehicles, when not in motion, shall stand with the right side as near the right side of the highway as practicable, except upon streets where traffic is permitted to move in one (1) direction only, in which case they shall stand with the right side as near as practicable to the right side of the highway or the left side as near as practicable to the left side of the highway. In all cases such vehicles shall be headed in the direction of traffic. (Ord. No. 3031, § 2(18-47), 2-28-89)

The Cumberland Police are notifying motorists to avoid the Dingle and surrounding streets. Power lines are down at this time on Greene St. Greene St is closed at Thompson Ave to the Dingle, along with the sections of Washington and Fayette St that intersect at the Dingle. Motorists should avoid this area. The closure is expected to last for approximately 3 hours.

PRESS RELEASE Friday, March 09, 2018 Arrest made on School Threats at Fort Hill High School On Friday, March 09, 2018 at approximately 11:09 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department was notified by school administrators at Fort Hill High School of a threatening message that was discovered written in a girl’s bathroom. During this investigation it was learned that a second threatening message was discovered written in another bathroom in the school. An investigation immediately began by the Cumberland Police Department and Administrators with the Board of Education. Video surveillance was reviewed which aided in developing a suspect. Investigators with the Combined County Criminal Investigations Unit (C3I) responded and completed an interview of the suspect. As a result a 15 year old female student confessed to writing the messages in the bathrooms. The threats that were found today at Fort Hill marked the fifth time that similar threats have been made as follows; 01/22/2018 = Bomb Threat 01/26/2018 = School Threat 02/02/2018 = School Threat 02/27/2018 = Bomb Threat 03/09/2018 = School Threat (times 2) The difference in the threats above are that some had the wording of a “bomb” being used and the others were just general threats without the use of a “bomb”. During the interview the juvenile female admitted to writing all the previous threats at the school. As a result she was placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland Police Department for processing. Charges are as follows; Two counts of Arson/Bomb Threat. Two counts of False Statement – using a destructive device. Six counts of Disturbing School Operations. Six counts of Threat of Mass Violence. The juvenile was released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. The juvenile will also be disciplined in accordance with the school system’s policies on student discipline. "On behalf of our school system, we would like to thank the law enforcement officers who worked so closely with us to ensure the safety of our students and staff and for resolving this investigation in such a timely manner," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Cox.

*** PRESS RELEASE *** ​On Wednesday, 03/07/2018, at approximately 12:09 PM, the Cumberland Police responded to the intersection of Arch and Third Streets for a report of several gunshots being fired. When Officers arrived they found several shell casings in the roadway, verifying that a shooting had occurred. ​Officers began interviewing numerous witnesses and were able to locate and identify two victims, a 21 year old male and a 16 year old male, both from Cumberland. Neither victim was struck during the shooting. ​ A description of the suspect was obtained and broadcast to all responding Officers. An off-duty Cumberland Officer who was responding to the scene observed an individual matching the description of the suspect run into a private residence on Race Street. The residence was quickly surrounded by law enforcement and the individual, identified as 19 year old Michael Paul Ceasar, Jr., was arrested at that time on an outstanding, unrelated warrant from the State of Pennsylvania for parole violations. ​The Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) was contacted and Investigators responded to assist in the investigation. ​Numerous interviews were conducted and surveillance video was reviewed. As a result, Investigators were able to identify Ceasar as the suspect involved in the earlier shooting incident. Additional interviews, and the search of a private residence, led to the recovery of the handgun believed used by the suspect. ​Ceasar, formerly of Lewistown, Pennsylvania and currently of Cumberland, was charged with two counts each of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, the Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and one count of a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Regulated Firearm. He is currently awaiting an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner. ​The Maryland State Police, the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police also responded to assist in the investigation.

The Cumberland Police Department is currently investigating a report of several shots being fired on Arch Street at Third Street. At this time there is no reported injuries. Evidence located at the scene confirms that shots have been fired. The Maryland State Police, Allegany County Sheriff's Office and Investigators from C3I are currently assisting with the investigation.

*** PRESS RELEASE *** ​Members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) recently served a search warrant at a private residence in Frostburg. During the search numerous items of property were recovered that Investigators believe were stolen during a series of burglaries throughout the Frostburg area which occurred over the last several months. This is new property that has been recovered, in addition to property that had been recovered in December 2017. ​Investigators with C3I will be at the Frostburg City Police Department on Wednesday, 02/28/2018, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, displaying the items, and giving citizens one last chance to recover their property for those who have not been able to respond previously. Investigators are encouraging anyone who has been the victim of a recent burglary or theft to respond to the Frostburg Police Department, during the above hours, to identify their property. The property will be released to the owners at that time. ​Property recovered in December, and from the recent case, will both be on display for victims to view. ​If potential victims have any questions, they can contact Detective Nick Mazzone, at C3I, at 301-777-0326.

UPDATE: SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED!! LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT is seek the whereabouts of Cody Fisher 33 of Cumberland in connection with a shooting that occurred at a South Cumberland residence last evening. Fisher may be traveling in a 2000 black Chevy Cavalier coupe bearing PA registration KJE0784. Fisher is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his location please call the police immediately. Cumberland City Police 301-777-1600 Allegany Co Sheriffs Patrol 301-777-5958 Maryland State Police 301-729-2101

On 2/21/2018 at 10:06 pm Cumberland Police Officers along with the Cumberland Fire Department responded to the intersection of Boone and Oak Streets for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers discovered a 33 year old man with a gunshot wound. The patient was subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. The incident is under investigation at this time. Detectives from C3I as well as the Maryland State Police Crime Lab are on the scene. Anyone having information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600. Further information will be disseminated as the case progresses.

The Cumberland Police Department is requesting motorist find an alternative route and stay away from the area of Park Street at Baltimore Street and Front Street at Baltimore Street. A large water main break has occurred and is effecting vehicular traffic in this area. Traffic in this area is being diverted at this time.

Employment Opportunities with the Cumberland Police Department The Cumberland Police Department will conduct pre-employment testing Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Allegany College of Maryland in Room S68, Science Building, Cumberland, Maryland. Candidates interested in participating in the testing process must complete and submit an employment application along with a $20.00 registration fee to the Human Resources Department located at City Hall, 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, Maryland. The deadline for submitting applications will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 3:00pm. Minimum Requirements 1) 21 years old 2) High School Diploma 3) Vision 20/40 – corrected to 20/20 4) Possess a valid driver’s license Written Test Applicants are to present themselves to representatives at the testing site between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. on the day of the testing with photo identification. Applicants arriving after 8:45 a.m. will not be admitted into the testing facility. Candidates will be required to complete a preliminary background information sheet prior to taking the written test. The preliminary background information sheet will be reviewed prior to the applicant participating in the testing process. If an issue is discovered that disqualifies the applicant from the process, arrangements will be made for a full refund, and the applicant will be excused at that time. Physical Ability Test Those applicants that successfully complete the previous two phases will then move forward and participate in a physical ability test. All applicants will be required to sign a waiver releasing the Cumberland Police Department and the City of Cumberland from any personal injury, loss of property, or property damage you may have, or may subsequently accrue from participating in the physical ability test before the applicant will be permitted to participate. The physical ability test will consist of the following activities listed. The first four tests have the minimum qualification standards listed for gender and age groups. The candidate must meet the minimum standard listed in each test. 1) Bent Leg Sit-ups (total number performed in 1 minute) Age Male Female 20 - 29 38 32 30 - 39 35 25 40 - 49 29 20 50 – 59 24 14 2) Flexibility (Sit and Reach Test – using a yard stick – 15-inch mark at toes and reach forward) Age Male Female 20 - 29 16.5 19.3 30 - 39 15.5 18.3 40 - 49 14.3 17.3 50 – 59 13.3 16.8 3) Push Ups (total number performed in 1 minute) Age Male Female 20 - 29 29 15 30 - 39 24 11 40 - 49 18 9 50 – 59 13 8 4) 1.5 Mile Run (time frames listed below) Age Male Female 20-29 12:51 15:26 30-39 13:36 15:57 40-49 14:29 16:58 50-59 15:26 17:55 5) Vertical Jump Test – minimum height: 15 inches 6) Sprint at full speed for 300 yards Lateral transfers from other police agencies must participate in this process to be considered for employment. Applicants should dress in casual business attire for the written examination however they should bring the appropriate athletic wear to participate in the physical ability test to include tennis shoes. An opportunity to change into the proper clothing will be given. Upon successful completion of this testing phase the candidates will be issued a Background Investigation Booklet. This booklet must be completed and returned in the allotted time given. Each question in the booklet must be completed honestly as any sign of deception or the attempt to deceive on any issue in the booklet will result in disqualification from the process. The candidate will then be scheduled for a pre-employment interview. This interview will include a review of the candidates’ employment application and Background Investigation Booklet. If the candidate successfully completes this phase they will move on in the process and must satisfactorily complete the remaining requirements listed: 1)​Background investigation 2)​Polygraph examination 3) Physical examination 4) Drug screening 5) Psychological testing 6) Oral interview Once a candidate has been offered employment with the Cumberland Police Department they must attend one of the police training academies recognized by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. Police Officers who are considered to be lateral transfers from other agencies must complete the same requirements listed above. If the training and experience that these officers possess meets the standards established by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, then they will be eligible to transfer up to five (5) years of prior service for the purpose of placement on the wage scale. Prior service must be from an MPCTC certified law enforcement agency or the applicant must be eligible to complete a Comparative Compliance course. If this employee must complete a full academy they will not be considered eligible for lateral transfer status. All lodging, travel expenses and meals while the candidate is enrolled in the training academy are provided for by the Cumberland Police Department. Benefits Salary for police officer – Starting rate is $18.34 Shift differential for working 7 p.m. – 7a.m. 12-hour shifts – rotating days off Take Home Vehicle Program – restrictions/requirements apply Overtime for court appearances 13 Paid Holidays Paid Vacation Leave Choice of Hospitalization Plans Prescription Program – Co-pays Dental Program Available Vision Program 25 Year Retirement (LEOPS) Applications may be obtained from the Human Resource Office at City Hall which is located at 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, Maryland 21502 or they may be downloaded from this site. Candidates who are offered employment with the Cumberland Police Department will be required to sign a three (3) year employment agreement.

*** PRESS RELEASE *** ​The Cumberland Police, the West Virginia State Police, and the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) are investigating a series of armed robberies which occurred over night, two in West Virginia and two in Cumberland. ​At 2:35 AM Friday morning, 12/29/2017, the Cumberland Police responded to a reported armed robbery at the Circle K on Oldtown Road. A lone suspect had entered the store, approached the counter, produced a handgun, and demanded money from an employee. The employee complied, and gave the suspect an undisclosed sum of cash. The suspect then fled the store on foot. ​The suspect was described as a white male, 5-08 to 5-10 in height, with a stocky build. He was wearing a black colored coat or sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and gloves. The suspect had his hood pulled up, his face covered, and was wearing sunglasses to conceal his identity. ​A search of the area was conducted at that time by the Cumberland Police, with the assistance of allied agencies, including the Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 5. The suspect was not located at that time. ​At 5:26 AM the Cumberland Police responded to another reported armed robbery at the 7-11 on Maryland Avenue. A lone suspect had entered the store, approached the counter, produced a hand gun, and demanded money from an employee. The employee complied, and gave the suspect an undisclosed sum of cash. The suspect then fled the store on foot. ​The suspect was described as a white male, 5-10 to 6-00 in height, with a stocky build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, a yellow toboggan, and gloves. The suspect had his hood pulled up, his face covered with a camouflage scarf or cloth, and was wearing sunglasses to conceal his identity. ​A search of the area was conducted at that time by the Cumberland Police, with the assistance of allied agencies, but the suspect was not located at that time. ​In addition to the robberies which occurred in Cumberland, there was a reported armed robbery at the Mountaineer Mart in Short Gap, West Virginia on Thursday evening, 12/28/2017. That case is currently being investigated by the West Virginia State Police. ​Then, at approximately 9:00 AM Friday morning, another armed robbery was reported at the Puff & Stuff in Ridgeley, West Virginia. That case is also currently under investigation by the West Virginia State Police. ​A joint investigation conducted by the Cumberland Police, the West Virginia State Police, and C3I, that included the review of surveillance video and numerous interviews, led to a possible suspect vehicle and possible suspects. ​Based on this information, Investigators obtained a search warrant for a private residence on Brookfield Avenue in Cumberland. Investigators recovered clothing, the gun believed used by the suspect, and additional evidence linking the suspects to the robberies during the search. ​As a result, Investigators arrested and charged the following individuals: Christopher Alan Platter, 32 years of age, from Cumberland Angela Michelle Barb, 39 years of age, from Cumberland Sandra Annette Degrange, 53 years of age, from Sabillasville, MD ​All three have been charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, and Theft in connection with the robberies at Circle K and 7-11. West Virginia authorities are in the process of obtaining arrest warrants for the cases at Mountaineer Mart and Puff & Stuff. ​In addition to the charges he is facing for the robberies which occurred over night in Maryland, Platter is also being charged with Robbery, Armed Robbery, and Theft in connection with the home invasion robbery which occurred on Wednesday evening, 12/27/2017, at a private residence on Lincoln Street in Cumberland. ​Platter, Barb, and Degrange are currently awaiting an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner. ​Authorities also continue to investigate the robbery which occurred at the Dollar General store in Corriganville which occurred on Wednesday evening, 12/27/2017. In that case a lone suspect entered the store, produced a handgun, and demanded cash from an employee. After receiving an undisclosed sum of cash, the suspect fled the store on foot. ​Anyone with information about the Dollar General case, or any of the other cases is asked to call the Cumberland Police at 301-777-1600, the West Virginia State Police at 304-788-1101, or the C3I Unit at 301-777-0326. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call the Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case. ​The investigation is continuing by the Cumberland Police, the West Virginia State Police, and C3I.

Armed Robberies The Cumberland Police Department and Investigators assigned to the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit (C3I) are investigating two separate armed robberies which took place earlier on this date, 12/29/2017. At approximately 2:35 a.m. the Cumberland Police Department responded to the Circle K convenience store on Oldtown Road for a reported armed robbery. At Approximately 5:25 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to the 7-Eleven convenience store located on Maryland Avenue for a reported armed robbery. During each robbery a lone male suspect entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the register. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of currency and then fled the store prior to officer’s arrival. Each time the immediate and surrounding areas were searched looking for the suspect with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. The description of the suspect that robbed Circle K is; white male approximately 5’07, heavy build, wearing a black jacket with a dark hood pulled up covering his face, wearing gloves and sunglasses. The description of the suspect that robbed 7-Eleven is; possibly a white male approximately 5’07”, heavy build, gray sweatshirt, yellow toboggan, scarf covering his face, wearing gloves and sunglasses. No injuries were sustained in either incident. The suspect remains at large and the Cumberland Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600, or the C3I Unit at 301-777-0326. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call the Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

*** PRESS RELEASE *** ​On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at approximately 10:00 PM, a lone suspect entered the Dollar General Store on Mount Savage Road in Corriganville, Maryland and approached the two employees near the front counter. No customers were in the business at this time. The suspect produced a handgun and displayed it to the two employees. The suspect then demanded that the employees remove money from the cash register. The employees provided the suspect with an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency from the cash register. The suspect then escorted the employees to a room inside the business and told them to stay in the room. The suspect then fled from the business on foot in an unknown direction. After the suspect fled from the business the two employees called for police assistance. ​The Allegany County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and assistance was provided by members of the Maryland State Police. Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 5 also assisted during the investigation in an attempt to locate the suspect. ​The suspect was described as a male, approximately 5-10 feet tall, and 200 to 250 pounds in weight. He was wearing gray sweat pants, gray and maroon sweat shirt, dark tennis shoes, white cloth material covering his face and a pair of sunglasses covering his eyes. ​Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Video surveillance in the store was reviewed and photos of the suspect were obtained. Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department at 301-777-1585, or the C3I Unit at 301-777-0326. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call the Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case. ​The investigation is continuing by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department and C3I.

Robbery On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at approximately 5:15 p.m. the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located in the 700 block of Lincoln Street in reference to a robbery. Upon the officers arrival they contacted the victim who was outside the residence. The victim stated that an unknown W/M knocked on his front door, he answered the door and the subject walked in and displayed a long rifle and demanded prescription pills. The suspect then began to remove a television set at which time the victim fled the residence and called the police. Officers checked the residence and it appeared as though the suspect fled prior to officers arriving on the scene. Officers checked the area and are currently reviewing video surveillance footage. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office assisted in searching the area. A Detective from the Combined County Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to the scene for further investigation. The victim was not injured during the incident. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Cumberland Police Department, 301-777-1600.

Suicidal Subject On Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located in the first block of Grand Avenue in reference to a suicidal subject. Upon officer’s arrival they were not able to get the subject to answer the door. The subject was yelling and screaming at officers, refusing to open the door. Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene to assist. Further communications failed with the subject at which time entry was made into the residence. Two adults in the residence were transported by the Cumberland Fire Department to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for medical evaluations. The identities of both subjects are not being released at this time. Assistance at the scene was provided by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office. Investigation into this incident is continuing

The Cumberland Police Department would like to welcome our two new officers Patrolman Bronson Becker and Patrolman Jordan Cook. Good luck and be safe gentlemen.

Robbery On December 16, 2017 at approximately 8:02 PM the Cumberland Police responded to a business in the 400 block of Maryland Avenue for a robbery complaint. When police arrived they learned a white male wearing a black toboggan, black sweatshirt, and black pants entered the store and began acting suspiciously. The male then pulled a knife from his pocket and demanded the cashier empty the cash register. The suspect fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen running down Emily Street toward Park Street. Police were able to view video surveillance and obtain pictures of the suspect. The suspect’s sweatshirt can be seen with a confederate flag on the front with yellow wording around the flag. Police ask anyone with information about this crime to contact them at 301-777-1600.

***** UPDATE - (12/14/2017): In regards to the attempted child abduction outlined below in yesterday’s press release, the Maryland State Police were able to identify a person of interest and complete the investigation after discovering there wasn’t an actual threat to the involved child’s safety. There will not be any arrests or criminal charges filed based on the findings of this investigation. The Maryland State Police would like to thank the public for their rapid response and assistance in this case, as we would not be able to achieve our goal of making our communities safer without the help of our fellow citizens. On 12/13/2017 at approximately 0705 Am., Troopers from the Cumberland Barrack responded to Mexico Farm RD Cumberland, MD in reference to an attempted Child Abduction. A 13 year old female was standing at the end of her driveway waiting on the bus with a parent standing on the porch of the residence some distance from the roadway. An older model two or four door dark green Honda Civic with a loud exhaust raced down the road. When the vehicle got to the end of the road, the vehicle turned around using the victim’s driveway. The driver exited the vehicle and started to walk towards the victim and stated “get in the car little girl". The driver was described as a white man in his 50's or 60's with white long hair and a beard, 5'10” tall, skinny with broad shoulders. The victim screamed and ran toward her parent, subsequently the driver got back into his vehicle and fled the area. Anyone with information of the suspect and or the vehicle please contact Trooper First Class J. Merritt (301) 729-2101. Citizens are reminded and encouraged to report any suspected crimes or illicit drug activity to the Allegany & Mineral County Crime-solvers at 301-722-4300 or on the web at http://www.allegany-mineralcountycrimesolvers.com/. You do not have to give your name and tips always remain anonymous. Rewards are available up to $1,500 in cash. All information is welcomed and appreciated in the fight against drugs and crime.