East Columbia

September 30, 1993

Masked bandit holds up bank in Owen Brown

A bank robber wearing a black ski mask held up an Owen Brown bank Tuesday morning, but he was foiled when dye packs attached to the money exploded, Howard County police said.

Police are still investigating the armed robbery at the Maryland National Bank in the 7100 block of Cradlerock Way. No injuries were reported.

According to police, the suspect, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, entered the bank around 11:49 a.m. and immediately jumped over the teller counter. He demanded money from the tellers, who gave him a bag with an undetermined amount of cash, along with some dye packs.

The suspect ran from the bank to the rear parking lot, where he dropped the bag after the dye packs exploded, police said.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his mid-20s or 30s, weighing 185 pounds. He wore a flannel shirt and blue jeans, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Owen Brown: 7100 block of Winter Rose Path: A 1992 Honda motorcycle was moved from a parking space and its ignition damaged some time between Friday and Sunday during an attempted theft.

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