Teller Charged With Helping Pair Rob Bank

March 10, 1992|By Staff report

Federal agents arrested a bank employee yesterday and charged her with helping her boyfriend and another man break into a Riviera Beach bank last month and steal $20,000.

Kathie Miller, a teller at the First National Bank on Fort Smallwood Road, was charged with conspiracy and aiding and abetting a bank burglary.

Miller, of Bruton Drive in Glen Burnie, was released on her own recognizance by a U.S. magistrate in Baltimore yesterday afternoon.

The two Baltimore men who police say committed the Feb. 20 burglary were arrested Friday by FBI agents in Key Largo, Fla. Police said $3,500 taken from the bank was recovered.

Raymond James Thiele, 29, of the 7800 block of Bridge Drive, and Robert James Thorpe Jr., 26, ofthe 3000 block of Strickland Street, were charged with bank burglary, a federal offense. Both are being held in Florida.

"We figured it had to be some sort of inside job," said FBI Special Agent Andrew Manning. "None of the alarms went off. There was no forceable entry tothe bank."

An employee discovered the theft when she arrived for work and found an open safe. FBI agents interviewed the bank's employees, which led them to Thiele, the woman's live-in boyfriend, Manningsaid.

Miller gave Thiele a key to the bank and information on howto get into the vault, Manning said.

The FBI said that after the burglary, the two men spent $2,400 for first-class plane tickets to Miami.

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