2 men bungle robbery Money tossed during getaway

June 27, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

Bel Air police were searching for at least two men in a bungled attempt to rob two couriers on their way to make a bank deposit at Bel Air Plaza Thursday afternoon.

The incident began about 2:30 p.m. when police received a 911 call alerting them to a robbery on the parking lot outside the First National Bank of Maryland branch near Baltimore Pike and Route 24.

Police said two men armed with handguns approached the couriers, employed by Bel Air Auto Auction, and ordered them to drop a bag containing an undisclosed amount of money.

One of the men took a .357-caliber revolver from one courier, a retired police officer. The men grabbed the bag of money, jumped into a blue Mercury Sable and began to flee. Police said that one of the robbers saw a courier write down the getaway car's tag number and description, and the driver of the Sable then turned around and headed back toward the scene of the robbery. One of the men, a gun in his hand, jumped from the getaway car and began chasing the couriers across the parking lot.

A woman's screams, police said, apparently prompted the man to stop chasing the couriers. He jumped back into the blue Mercury, which sped off, but not before one of the men tossed the money bag from the vehicle. The money was recovered and police could offer no explanation why the robbers threw it. No shots were fired, and no one was injured.

Police found the getaway car later Thursday on the parking lot of the state Motor Vehicle Administration's Bel Air office on Route 24. The car had been reported stolen a week before in Washington, D.C.

Witnesses told police that the men then fled from the MVA office in a late-model, blue General Motors vehicle.

Witnesses described one suspect as Hispanic with a dark complexion and black curly hair. He stands 6 feet tall, weighs about 170 pounds and was wearing a blue jacket and blue T-shirt.

The second man was described as a black male, about 35, weighing 160 pounds. He had a mustache and wore a dark blue shirt, a sport coat and a tie.

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