Three men arrested in bank robbery

January 20, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Authorities have arrested three men who allegedly hauled off a bag containing $124,234 last week from an East Baltimore bank, court records show.

And although investigators recovered $15,850 during the arrest of one of the suspects, the rest of the loot is missing, according to a federal affidavit.

"This was a big one. It's quite unusual to have a robbery this size," said FBI spokesman Andy Manning, noting that bank robbers seldom get more than $2,000 or $3,000. "These guys got a lucky break when they stumbled on a freshly delivered bag of money behind the counter."

The robbery occurred Jan. 12 at the Provident Bank of Maryland in the 2900 block of O'Donnell St. In the incident, two armed men herded six workers into a back room, looted cash drawers and fired a shotgun into the floor before escaping.

While the men plundered the cash drawers, they found a canvas bag behind the counter containing tens of thousands in $20 bills, investigators said. The bag had just been delivered to stock the bank's cash supply.

Charged with robbery were three Baltimore men, Shawn Renaldo Harrison, 23, of the 5000 block of Queensbury Ave.; Christopher Roseboro, 35, of the 700 block of Newington Ave.; and James Edward Key, 35, of the 5100 block of Chalgrove Ave., the FBI said.

Mr. Harrison, the alleged driver of the getaway car, was arrested Friday at his home, where police recovered the $15,850, most of which was in $20 bills, the affidavit said.

Mr. Roseboro was arrested Monday at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel in the 200 block of E. Pratt St., where he was staying in a suite he had paid for from a wad of $20 bills, investigators said. He is suspected of wielding the shotgun in the robbery, police said.

Mr. Key, who is alleged to have pointed a silver revolver at the tellers, was arrested Tuesday night in the 4200 block of Rogers Ave., police said.

The break in the case came from a citizen who called authorities after seeing a bank surveillance-camera photo published in The Sun. The still photo allegedly showed Mr. Key pointing a revolver at one of the tellers, police said.

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