Suspect Arrested, Charged With Hardware Store Robbery

Montgomery County Police say 41-year-old Terry Claude Tompkins of Temple Hills has been arrested and charged with the July 30 robbery of the Silver Spring Ace Hardware store in Downtown Silver Spring.

“At approximately 4 p.m. [July 30], 3rd District officers responded to the above location for a shoplifting in progress,” MCPD said in a news release. “The investigation by detectives determined that the suspect entered the hardware store and began stealing multiple electrical cable and wire items. When the store employee confronted the suspect, the suspect then assaulted the employee and took the employee’s cell phone.

“Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify Terry Claude Tompkins as the suspect. On Tuesday, August 16, Tompkins was involved in another incident in Prince George’s County, where he was subsequently arrested. 3rd District Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Tompkins, charging him with strong armed robbery, theft, and assault for the incident at the Ace Hardware store.”

Tompkins is currently being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Facility pending service of the arrest warrant, MCPD said.

Source File Photo / Photo Courtesy MCPD

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