What was left at the bank gives police plenty to go on

May 17, 1991|By William B. Talbott and Frank D. Roylance | William B. Talbott and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

Some days nothing seems to go right.

It was that kind of a day yesterday for a hapless bank robber, who managed to flee the Provident Bank branch in the 2100 block of E. Monument St. with an undisclosed amount of money, but left behind two photo identification cards.

Bank employees identified the man pictured on the cards and police went searching for him. Police first tried a Baltimore address listed on one of the identification cards, but the suspect wasn't home. They next tried a nearby house described as that of the suspect's girlfriend. He wasn't there either, and the manhunt was continuing.

Bank personnel told police the man entered the bank at about 10:30 a.m. yesterday asking to open a new account. Told by the bank manager that he would need some identification, he left, saying he would return with his ID.

At about 11:40 a.m., the man returned and entered the branch manager's glass-enclosed office, police said. There he produced a photo ID card issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, and an employee ID card from St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, police said.

When the manager took the photo IDs and stepped from the office, police said, the man pushed his way behind her into the teller area, where he pulled a handgun from his pocket and announced the holdup.

Police said employees took money from two tellers' positions and placed it into a yellow plastic bag. The man then grabbed the bag, forced a teller to walk him to the bank's Monument Street entrance and fled on foot, police said.

But he forgot to pick up his ID cards on the way out.

Police said no shots were fired and the six employees and 10 customers in the bank were not injured.

Police identified the man for whom they are searching as Gregory Edmond Ballard, 35, an ex-convict on parole for a previous bank holdup.

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