State police were holding a man late Friday in connection with threebank robberies in the county last week.
The man, who gave police three names, is a suspect in the Thursday robbery of a Finksburg bankand robberies Monday and Friday in Eldersburg, Detective Sgt. Peter F. Edge said.
The suspect was taken into custody around noon Friday, three minutes after employees at the Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. branch in the Eldersburg Plaza Shopping Center on Liberty Road reported they had been robbed, police said.
The suspect, a black man in his early to mid-30s, was carrying $1,900 and a .38-caliber revolver, Edge said.
He was apprehended while getting into his car in the shopping center parking lot, police said. Police seized the white 1987 Hyundai.
Police were patrolling the area after receiving a call that employees at the Union National Bank branch at Finksburg Plaza had seen aman matching the description of the suspect in the Thursday robbery,police said.
Police believe the suspect was in the Union NationalBank about 11:20 a.m. but left, Edge said. Bank employees were dressed in Halloween costumes, he said.
Police were trying to obtain a search warrant Friday evening to gather more evidence before filing charges, Edge said. Police also were trying to determine the man's real name, he said.
Police described the man arrested Friday as thin,about 5-foot-9, wearing a waist-length black leather jacket, a gray driver's cap and sunglasses and carrying a brown leather satchel.
He is also a suspect in the Thursday robbery at the Finksburg branch of Carroll County Bank and Trust in the 3000 block of Gamber Road, Edge said.
Police said a man entered the bank about 10:10 a.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Monday, the Westminster Bankand Trust branch in the 2000 block of Liberty Road in Eldersburg wasrobbed at 11:45 a.m. After handing a teller a note, the suspect, dressed in a business suit, ran with an undisclosed amount of money to ablue Datsun B-210 driven by a black female in her 20s, police said. A preschool-age child was in the front seat, police said.