Bank in Towson robbed by man tied to 23 holdups

November 16, 1990|By Roger Twigg

A holdup man believed to have been responsible for 23 bank robberies in the metropolitan area over the last year and a half apparently struck again yesterday, robbing a Towson bank of an undisclosed amount of cash before escaping in a stolen car.

Yesterday's robbery occurred at the Carrollton Bank of Baltimore in the 1700 block of East Joppa Road. A dye pack concealed in the white bank bag exploded on the sidewalk outside the bank, forcing the robber to abandon some of his cash.

He then fled in a gray, 1986 Chevrolet Nova that had been reported stolen earlier in the day in Baltimore.

The same man has been connected to 23 other bank robberies in Bal

timore and in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a Baltimore County police spokesman. In Baltimore County alone, the suspect is believed to have committed a third of the 38 bank robberies that occurred there in the first nine months of this year.

The string of holdups began in June 1989 when a bank in Catonsville was robbed by a black man between 25 and 30 years of age and standing about 6-feet-6. Since then, a holdup man fitting that description has committed robberies at a rate of about one every three weeks, the police said.

In each holdup, the man has passed a handwritten note demanding cash and implying he is armed. Only once has he shown a weapon, the sergeant said.

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