Restitution Ordered The state's consumer protection division has ordered a College Park furniture store to pay more than $75,000 in restitution.

The state attorney general's office said Dinette Gallery collected partial payments for furniture that never arrived and then failed to refund customer deposits. More than 240 customers were left without merchandise or a refund.

The office's consumer division said store owner Patrick Burke violated Maryland's Merchandise Delivery Act by not providing customers a written estimated delivery date or informing consumers of their rights if the goods did not arrive on time. The agency issued a cease-and-desist order prohibiting Burke from accepting deposits before providing merchandise.


Armed Robbery Arlington County police said yesterday that they were investigating an early morning armed robbery in the parking garage of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Crystal City, the ninth such incident reported at or near Crystal City and Rosslyn hotels since November.

Matt Martin, a police spokesman, said four people walking from the garage to the hotel's elevator about 3:40 a.m. were accosted by an armed and masked man who demanded their money. The people gave the man their cash, Martin said, and the man fled on foot from the hotel area, in the 2800 block of Jefferson Davis Highway.

Four of the other robberies or attempted robberies since November involved a lone gunman who demanded money and fled on foot. In three others, Martin said, a knife was shown, and in one no weapon was displayed.

Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.