Two banks in the metropolitan area -- one in Jessup and the other in West Baltimore -- were robbed yesterday, one of them by a man with a sawed-off shotgun who fired a shot into the ceiing to announce the holdup.
The police do not think that either holdup is connected to the recent spate of robberies attributed to the gang or gangs that have made the shotgun their trademark.
However, the police said reports of both thefts would be forwarded to the task force looking into the string of robberies involving not only banks but fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses.
Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a Howard County police spokesman, said the holdup at the Maryland National Bank branch in the 7300 block of Assateague Drive, just off Route 175 in Jessup, occurred just after 11 a.m.
A man wearing a nylon stocking over his head walked into the bank, immediately fired one shot into the ceiling and ordered 10 employees and one customer to lie on the floor, Sergeant Gardner said.
The police spokesman said one of the employees was then ordered to empty several cash drawers. The robber, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, then fled from the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and sped off in a late model red Ford Mustang eastbound on Route 175.
No one has been arrested, the police said.
About two hours earlier, two men wearing nylon stockings over their heads robbed the Irvington Federal Savings & Loan Association in the 4100 block of Frederick Avenue of an undisclosed amount of cash, said Dennis S. Hill, a Baltimore police spokesman. Mr. Hill said five employees and three customers were ordered to lie on the floor while one of the suspects vaulted the counter and emptied out three cash drawers.