Fbi Arrests Two Brothers For Joppa Bank Robbery

June 02, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Two brothers were arrested Wednesday for the May 23 armed robbery ofa Joppa bank, the FBI said.

Michael T. Conner, 35, of Felton, Pa., and Terry S. Conner, 34, who is staying in Ruskin, Fla., were charged with federal bank robbery, the FBI said.

Terry Conner is accused of pointing a long-barreled revolver at ateller at the Maryland National Bank in the Joppatowne Plaza on Pulaski Highway and demanding money, while Michael Conner is accused of driving a getaway car.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amountof cash to the robber. The suspect was last seen running into the woods behind the shopping center.

More than 30 police officers, somewith search dogs, and a state police helicopter combed the woods near Little Gunpowder Falls for nearly three hours following the 11:15 a.m. robbery in search of the suspect.

The FBI did not say where the Conners met after the robbery nor how they left Maryland.

Beforethe robbery, a Baltimore County police officer observed a suspiciousvehicle in the bank's parking lot and noted the license plate number, the FBI said. The vehicle's license number was traced to Michael Conner following the robbery, and he and his brother became suspects.

Michael Conner was arrested at his home in York County by FBI agents, deputies from the Harford Sheriff's Department and troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the FBI said.

Terry Conner, who has no fixed address, was arrested at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ruskin, near St. Petersburg, at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the FBI said. He was staying with a sister in Florida.

Both men were arrested without incident, the FBI said.

The brothers were scheduled to appear before U.S. magistrates for extradition proceedingsFriday, the FBI said. Armed bank robbery carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.

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