State police, along with the FBI, members of the Carroll County Drug Task Force and Manchester officers, charged a 37-year-old man with a Fowblesburg bank robbery that took place Thursday.
Roger Coleman Caple of the 2000 block of Regal Oak Drive in Manchester was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Thursday as he walked near his house, after a surveillance of several hours by the police team.
Officers said they recovered a fake bomb and clothing matching that worn by a man who robbed the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Fowblesburg, Baltimore County, about 4:38 p.m. Thursday.
The articles were found in Mr. Caple's car, state police said.
Investigators said the robber approached the drive-in window of the bank on Hanover Pike at Route 91, displayed a device resembling a bomb and demanded money.
After the teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, he ran.
Thursday's robbery closely resembled two holdups at branches of the Carroll County Bank & Trust Co.
On Jan. 5, a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun escaped with $174 after robbing the Carroll County Bank & Trust branch in Manchester.
The robber walked into the bank while no customers were inside, threatened three employees and demanded money.
He fled from a rear door and across a parking lot.
About 8:30 a.m. Jan. 8, a man who said he was carrying a bomb walked up to the drive-through window of the Carroll County Bank & Trust branch in Hampstead and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Mr. Caple was turned over to Baltimore County police after his arrest Thursday night.
The investigation into the two Carroll robberies is continuing, police said.
Investigators said they concentrated their surveillance in the Manchester area as the result of an anonymous telephone tip.
Anyone with additional information about these crimes is requested to call state police at the Westminster barracks, 848-3111 or 876-8989.