Robbers flee by cab--from Salisbury to Baltimore Three hold up bank on Main Street, ditch stolen car after dye pack explodes

June 25, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Two men and a woman robbed a bank in Salisbury and had no way to get back to Baltimore. So they took a cab and paid full fare for the 120-mile ride, police said.

The bank robbery, the first of the year in this Eastern Shore city in Wicomico County, occurred about 9:20 Tuesday morning when two men announced a holdup at the Maryland National Bank on Main Street.

While one man stood guard with a chrome-plated revolver, the other hopped over the counter and took money from the cash drawers, Salisbury police said.

The men ran outside where a female accomplice was waiting in a bronze Cadillac Eldorado -- which had been stolen in Baltimore ++ six hours earlier -- but a dye pack exploded in the money they were carrying, police said.

Partially colored with dye, the trio drove off but abandoned the stolen car east of Salisbury. They then went to a nearby Ames Department Store and bought new clothes, police said.

From there, they called Gene's Taxi, a local cab service, police said.

The driver picked them up and gave them a ride, as requested, to the corner of Reisterstown Road and Garrison Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Police said the trio didn't cause any trouble for the driver and paid the cab fare.

A dispatcher at Gene's Taxi refused to divulge the amount charged.

The first suspect is described as a black man between 25 and 35 years old, about 6 feet tall with close-cut hair. He was wearing a gray sweat shirt, black shorts and black suede Nike shoes.

The second man was black, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with close-cut hair, weighing 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a gray top and dark shorts.

The woman was black, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighed about 140 to 150 pounds, and had hair described as a finger wave in front with a french roll in the back. She wore a pastel floral patterned outfit.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 265-8080 or Salisbury police at (410) 548-3165.

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