State police, FBI seek suspect in bank heists

January 16, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

State police and the FBI are searching for a man they believe robbed two Carroll County Bank & Trust branches within three days early this month.

The bandit, who is being sought in robberies at the bank's Manchester and Hampstead branches, is described as white, 25 to 45 years old, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-8 inches tall, with a slender build, weighing about 150 pounds.

During each robbery, the man was wearing heavy winter clothing, police said.

A $2,000 reward has been offered by the Maryland Association )) of Bank Security for information leading to the indictment of the suspect.

In the first robbery, in Manchester Jan. 5, a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun entered the rear door of the branch, approached a teller, pointed the weapon at her and demanded money.

The teller handed the man $174 in $1 bills, and he fled by the rear door. He escaped in a car parked on a nearby lot.

Three days later, a robber believed to be the same man walked up to the drive-through window of the bank's Hampstead branch and told the teller, as he demanded money, that he had a bomb in a plastic bag.

The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money and he fled on foot toward a nearby pharmacy, police said.

Anyone with information is requested to notify the state police at the Westminster barracks, (410) 848-3111.

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