Man robs Towson bank, then sends loot flying

March 28, 1994|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,Sun Staff Writer

A man with a small handgun robbed a Maryland National Bank branch at Towson Town Center today and then sent a shower of money flying in the parking lot as he threw the loot into the air while making his getaway.

Baltimore County police said the robbery occurred about 11:48 a.m. when a man entered the bank, in the 8800 block of Dulaney Valley Road, and demanded cash.

The man was given a bag of money and then tossed the open bag into the mall parking lot as he fled.

Shocked witnesses said the money -- marked with red dye from exploding packs inside the bag -- flew in all directions. Security guards scampered to stand watch over the loot.

Police were searching for the robber, described as a black man about 19 years old with a gold tooth. They said he was wearing a dark blue jacket with a light blue collar under a three-quarter-length raincoat. He was wearing white shoes.

There have been about 30 bank robberies in the Baltimore metropolitan area so far this year, police said. Last year, area banks were hit with 228 robberies.

In January, the FBI announced it was sending 50 agents to Baltimore on temporary assignments to help solve the area's problem of bank robberies and drug peddling.

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