The spate of robberies in the metropolitan area continued yesterday, when three Baltimore businesses were struck within an hour in what police believe were unrelated holdups with no connection to recent shotgun robberies.
The Maryland National Bank branch in the 6800 block of Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore was robbed about 7 p.m. yesterday of an undisclosed amount of cash, Baltimore police said.
Police spokesman Dennis S. Hill said a man entered the bank, said that he had a handgun and told a teller to fill a plastic bag with cash. The teller dropped an undisclosed amount of cash in the bag, along with a dye pack.
The robber ran from the bank and got into a silver car parked outside. The dye pack exploded before the car's driver and the robber drove off. Witnesses recorded the vehicle's license plate number.
Police tracked the license plate to a home in the 1600 block of Darley Avenue in East Baltimore, awaited backup units, then stormed the residence. They found no one inside.
About 7:35 p.m., two gunmen, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, the other with a sawed-off .22-caliber weapon, entered Tron Rentals in the 5400 block of Sinclair Lane in East Baltimore and ordered a clerk to open the safe. The suspects made off with cash and jewelry.
About 15 minutes later, a man dressed in faded jeans and a gray jacket and with a full, white beard and glasses, walked into a McDonald's restaurant in the first block of West North Avenue, claiming he was there to pick up hamburger buns.
The man, who witnesses said was about 50 years old, reached into his jacket pocket, said he had a gun and demanded to be taken to the safe.
The suspect stuffed an undisclosed amount of cash from the safe into a bag, then ran out of the store and was driven away in a black 1979 Monte Carlo.