A Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday in connection with an armedrobbery at the Commercial Bank in Bel Air earlier that day. He is suspected of stealing more than $1,600 in cash after threatening a teller with a handgun.
John W. Harkins, spokesman for the Bel Air Police Department, said police are now investigating whether the suspect arrested in the Commercial Bank robbery -- Jason S. Leamer, 19, of Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa. -- was involved in the Feb. 11 armed robbery of the Baltimore County Savings Bank in Bel Air.
Bel Air police charged Leamer with theft, robbery with a deadly weapon, and use of a handgun for the hold-up at the Commercial Bank, court records show.
Leamer is being held at the county Detention Center on $500,000 bond. A Harford District Court hearing has not been scheduled.
Police responded Wednesday to the Commercial Bank at 315 S. Main St. after receiving a silent alarm at 2:27 p.m., police said.
Bank personnel told investigators that a man entered the bank, went to the counter, and asked a teller for coin wrappers, Harkins said. After getting the wrappers, police said, the man pulled out a small silver handgun and demanded money.
The man gave the teller a white plastic bag and told her to put all the money from her drawer into the bag, Harkins said.
District Court records say that the teller gave the robber $1,615.24.
After getting the money, the man fled. Harkins said a dye pack put in the bag with the money partially detonated.
Bel Air investigators began an immediate search of the area and broadcast a description of the robber and getaway car, a dark-colored Dodge, to other police agencies, Harkins said.
About a half-hour after the robbery, a state police trooper from the North East barracks in Cecil County spotted a vehicle matching the description traveling north on U.S. 1 near Conowingo, Harkins said.
The trooper stopped the vehicle and found a bag of money and a loaded .38-caliberautomatic handgun inside the car, court documents say. The trooper placed the suspect under arrest.
In the Feb. 11 armed robbery of the Baltimore County Savings Bank at the Bel Air Plaza shopping center,a suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash after threatening a teller with a handgun, police said.
After leaving the bank, the suspect dropped the money bag in the shopping center's parking lot when a dye pack placed with the money exploded, spraying red dye over his hands and clothing, police said.