Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Robbers provide real mystery for Blair Mansion Inn

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Photos provided by Montgomery County Police
This photo taken by a surveillance camera shows two men suspected in the armed robbery of the Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring.
Usually the Blair Mansion Inn allows customers to solve its ‘‘mysteries,” but following an actual armed robbery July 1 at the dinner theatre, Montgomery County Police are the ones trying to solve the latest whodunit.

Police are investigating the robbery, which took place early the morning of July 1 at the historical Silver Spring restaurant and banquet hall, according to a police news release. The Inn specializes in ‘‘murder mystery” dinner theater where patrons try to solve the crime.

Officers responded to a call at the Inn, 7711 Eastern Ave. in Silver Spring, about 1:50 a.m. July 1, although police spokesman Steven Pascali said the suspects entered the restaurant prior to it closing, around 11:30 p.m. June 30. The release said two men were armed with handguns. One held up the employees at gunpoint, while the other took an undisclosed amount of cash and personal property of the employees.

The suspects had been ‘‘concealed” in the restaurant until after it closed, the release said.

Both men were black, between 15 and 20 years old with thin builds. One was between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall and wore a black skull cap and black jacket. The other was between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 3 inches tall and wore blue jeans and a black T-shirt over a white T-shirt.

Management at the Blair Mansion Inn did not return a call for comment.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects should call the Montgomery County Police Robbery Section at 240-773-5100.