Maryland authorities search for armed church robbery suspect

HALETHORPE, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland are searching for a burglary suspect they say entered a church where a band was rehearsing and robbed the musicians at gunpoint.

WBAL reports the band was renting space from a church in Baltimore County Monday night. Pastor Jeff Simpson says that’s when one of the performers walked into the lobby and was confronted by a gunman who forced her and four other bandmates into a closet before taking their phones, credit cards and other valuables.

Baltimore County Police Department Cpl. Shawn Vinson said the suspect came in through the front church door, telling the outlet most people expect a “house of worship” is “one of the safest places you can be.”

Nobody was injured.

Police are asking anyone who could help the investigation to come forward.

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