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After two men robbed the Xtra Fuels gas station in Churchville in December, Maryland State Police didn’t have any suspects, so they sought help.

The fliers they distributed in the community included surveillance photos of the two men who stole cash, cigarettes and cigars. Anyone who recognized either of the two was asked to call police and tell them what they knew.

Police agencies seek tips from the public all the time. A robbery, a burglary, series of car thefts — they want anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may be, to pass it along to them. Often those tips don’t pan out, but sometimes they do, as they did in the case of the Xtra Fuels robbery.

In this case, it’s not surprising police received a legitimate tip — one of the two suspects charged lives just down the street on Asbury Road. He clearly looked familiar to someone.

That’s why police distribute those fliers, because sometimes the tips they get are right on the mark. If they can help police make even one arrest, then they’re worth it.

So next time you see a flier in your mailbox, hanging in the post office or the grocery store, or anywhere else for that matter, pay attention to it. Read it, look at it closely. You never know, you may be able to help police solve a crime.


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