Bank robber pockets dye pack -- briefly

April 16, 1991|By Roger Twigg

Police are always looking for the smoking gun when they are on a case.

Yesterday they were looking for a pair of smoking pants.

At 10:30 yesterday morning, Baltimore police say, a man with his hands in his pockets walked into the Capital Savings Bank in the 400 block of North Charles Street and proceeded to help himself to money in two cash drawers.

Unbeknownst to the thief, however, he grabbed two dye packs which resemble stacks of cash but are designed to explode and spatter a bank robber with dye to help thwart robberies and immediately identify a suspect. Police say the thief placed one of the packs in a paper bag and another in his trousers.

No sooner did the man get out of the bank, police say, than the dye pack in the paper bag exploded and sprayed red dye all over him and the street.

He dropped the smoking bag of loot and continued another half block before the second dye pack exploded as well.

The next call police received was for a man "trying to remove his smoking pants" in the 300 block of Lovegrove Alley, police said.

By the time officers arrived the suspect had managed to dress again and flee but not before leaving behind the smoldering remains of his bank loot. Police were still searching for him last night.

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