Baltimore police seek man suspected of robbing five downtown banks

March 07, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

After a yearlong lull, Baltimore is experiencing a surge in bank robberies, and police released yesterday a photo of a man suspected of hitting five downtown banks this year.

In each case, the man handed a teller a note in which he claimed to have a gun and demanded that money be placed in a bag.

The latest robbery occurred Friday at Chase Bank in the first block of N. Charles St., when a man walked in about 11:15 a.m. and told a teller, "I need money orders."

He got away with an undetermined amount of money stuffed into a McDonald's lunch bag. Much of the money was recovered about a half-block away after a dye pack exploded, police said.

"We are anxious to get the man," said Lt. Larry Leeson, head of the robbery unit, adding that the number of bank holdups in the first two months of this year is on a pace that matches that of 1993, when a record 118 banks were hit.

This year, 23 banks have been robbed; during the same period last year, eight banks were robbed. For all of 1994, 51 bank robberies were reported.

The suspect in the latest spree is described as 26 to 36 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He has a dark complexion, small nose, thin mustache and a stocky build.

He was last seen wearing a red baseball hat, a ring on his right hand and a multicolored jacket.

Police said the other banks the suspect apparently robbed are Carrollton Bank in Charles Plaza Jan. 5; Harbor Bank in the first block of W. Fayette St. Jan. 12; Signet Bank in the 300 block of E. Lombard St. Jan. 20 and Provident Bank of Maryland in the 200 block of W. Pratt St. Feb. 9.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect. Tips can be left by calling 276-8888.

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