At about 11 a.m. ET, a man approached a 74-year-old woman as she was walking home from the Giant grocery store in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway. The man grabbed her purse and fled the scene.
Arriving officers found the purse, which had been emptied of its cash.
At 11:46 a.m. ET, as officers were still writing up the original incident, a similar theft was reported to police in the Giant parking lot.
Police say a man approached a 66-year-old woman, took her purse from her shopping cart and fled the scene.
Officers established a perimeter and found the suspect, 18-year-old Milton Arthur Williams, of Severn, near Shelly Road. After a brief foot pursuit, officers caught him and arrested him.
Williams has been charged with robbery, assault, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.