Man arrested, charged in sandwich-bag holdup City resident seized in holdup of branch bank.

March 27, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

A bank robbery suspect who the FBI said carried his loot in a plastic sandwich bag has been arrested.

Daryl Anthony McCoy, 23, of the 1500 block of Homestead St., was taken into custody without incident about 10 a.m. yesterday at Fillmore Street and Kirk Avenue in East Baltimore by city detectives and federal agents, said Jim Dearborn, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI office.

McCoy has been charged with bank robbery in connection with a holdup Friday of Maryland National Bank in the 6800 block of Harford Road, Dearborn said.

McCoy was held overnight in the federal holding area of the City Jail, following an arraignment yesterday before a federal magistrate in U.S. District Court here.

In Friday's robbery, a man walked into the bank at about 7 p.m. and approached a teller, Dearborn said.

"He unzipped his coat and pulled out a plastic zip-lock sandwich bag and intimated he had a gun," Dearborn said.

The teller compiled with the man's demands for money, and the man left. The amount of money hasn't been disclosed.

The robber was seen leaving in a 1986 Oldsmobile, the FBI said. A witness was able to give authorities a description of the car, which subsequently led to McCoy's arrest, Dearborn said.

McCoy is a suspect in eight other area bank holdups, where a man walked into banks and used a plastic zip bag to carry away the money, Dearborn said. He has not been charged in connection with those, however.

And, Dearborn said, the Friday robbery is not considered part of a string of highly publicized holdups conducted by a gang of shotgun-toting robbers in Baltimore and Baltimore County since last fall.

"He's not even close to the MO" of the shotgun bandits, Dearborn said. In those robberies, men with shotguns or automatic weapons robbed area businesses, including supermarkets and fast-food restaurants, for almost five months.

"He [the robber] didn't carry a shotgun," Dearborn said, adding that in Friday's robbery he didn't even show a gun. He only "indicated" he had one.

The use of plastic sandwich bags was another major difference, Dearborn said.

"It's unusual," Dearborn said of the bags. "Bank robbers use bags of one kind or another, but something more sturdy."

The sandwich bags, Dearborn pointed out, are "flimsy" and "clear," exposing their contents.

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