BANK ROBBERY PROBED
HAMPSTEAD - Town police said Tuesday they are "interested" in a county resident in connection with an armed robbery at the Farmers and Merchants Banklast week but stopped short of calling the man a suspect.
Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell declined to give a time frame for arrests in the case.
Russell said bank employees reported that a man entered the Hanover Pike bank at 9:30 a.m. Friday, pulled out a small-caliber handgun,and ordered tellers to open their money drawers.
He told all of the employees in the bank to lie on the floor and then jumped over thecounter and scooped up bundles of cash. No one was injured in the robbery.
Russell said the man left the bank cradling the money in his arms. Some of it was recovered in the parking lot, he said.
Russell did not disclose the amount of money stolen.
The suspect is described as a white male, age 22 to 25, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 tall and weighing about 140 pounds.
At the time of the robbery, hecovered his face with what appeared to be an arm or leg cut out of thermal underwear, Russell said.
The suspect also wore sunglasses and a baseball cap.
Russell said the FBI in Baltimore told him the robbery did not fit a pattern of robberies elsewhere in the state.
Russell said late Friday afternoon that police had received a reportthat a man who fit the description of the suspect made a large deposit at another Hampstead Bank.
"It turned out just to be a coincidence," Russell said.
CRIME OF THE WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteergroup that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the group is targeting a breaking,entering and theft at a home in the 5600 block of French Avenue in Sykesville on Dec. 2, 1990.
Police said the home was ransacked and money and jewelry were stolen.
The crime was one of several breaking and enterings to occur in the county recently.
Crime Solvers urges county residents to take additional precautions to secure their homes.
If your neighborhood does not participate in a Neighborhood Watch or Operation ID, please contact the Maryland State Police at 876-8956.
If you have any information on the breaking and enterings,please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn a reward of up to $1,000.
MAN CHARGED IN STABBING
WESTMINSTER-- City police have arrested a 27-year-old Pennsylvania Avenue man in connection with the stabbing of his neighbor.
Brian K. Faulknerwas being held at the Carroll County Detention Center late Tuesday on $25,000 bail.
He is charged with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery.
City police reported that they were calledto an apartment building in the first block of Pennsylvania Avenue at 10:22 p.m. Saturday by Ernest L. Reed.
Reed, 22, told police he was stabbed in the chest by Faulkner, who lives in the same building,police said.
Police went to Faulkner's apartment and found him holding a 6-inch knife.
A 10-inch knife, which appeared to have blood on it, also was found in the building.
Reed was taken by Medevachelicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore. He was listed in fair and stable condition late Tuesday.
Police said the stabbing occurred during an argument the men hadwhile drinking.
TWO HELD ON BAIL
WESTMINSTER -- Two people werebeing held at the Carroll County Detention Center late Tuesday aftera bail review hearing Monday.
Walter Edward Allen, 20, was being held on $45,000 bond and Dorothy Ann Kenny, 19, was being held on $10,000 bond.
Allen and Kenny, both of no fixed address, were chargedlast week with forging checks totaling $4,350 after they cashed two checks at the Westminster Bank and Trust Co. at Union Mills.
Police said $1,833 was found in the suspects' room at the Days Inn along with property purchased from Westminster merchants -- including a dachshund purchased at Docktor Pet Center in Cranberry Mall.
Police said there are outstanding warrants on Allen in other Maryland counties.
MAN HELD FOR THEFT
WESTMINSTER -- A Pikesville man still was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center late Tuesday after being charged with theft in connection with a loan fraud involving a Finksburg couple.
James Willis Barnett was arrested at his home andwas being held after he could not post $10,000 bail.
The Finksburg couple notified police in December that they may have been a victimof a fraud after responding to an advertisement from a loan from United Equity Investments.
The couple mailed a deposit and received acheck in the mail. But when she went to cash it, she discovered a stop-payment was placed on the check, police said.
Police are requesting that anyone who has conducted business with Barnett, James Jackson, United Equity Investments, or D. J. Regal Catering call Tfc. R. R. Heuisler at 876-8989.