Man convicted in attempt to rob bank in Gamber

February 15, 1996

A 30-year-old Baltimore County man was convicted yesterday of attempted armed robbery, illegally transporting a handgun and possessing a pipe bomb in connection with the holdup of a Gamber bank last summer.

In an Alford plea, Christopher Dean Taggart of the 17900 block of Marshall Mill Road declined to plead guilty but agreed the evidence was against him. He allowed the prosecutor's statement of facts to be the sole testimony in the case.

In exchange for the Alford plea, prosecutors agreed to drop related charges, including impersonating a police officer and possessing a device resembling an explosive. Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. agreed that Taggart would serve no more than five years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Taggart entered the Gamber branch of the Westminster Bank and Trust Co. about 2 p.m. July 5 and tried to rob several employees. The attempt failed, and he jumped into a 1992 Isuzu pickup truck and drove north on Route 32.

Bank employees called police, who stopped Taggart about six miles away. Prosecutors said Maryland state troopers found an unlicensed .22-caliber Ruger handgun and a pipe bomb in the truck.

Judge Burns said yesterday that Taggart will be sentenced once he completes a monthlong substance-abuse treatment program at Shoemaker House in Sykesville.

Police

Eldersburg: An employee of the Winfield Amoco gas station reported Tuesday that someone broke the front glass door between 11 p.m. Monday and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and stole 65 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes. He estimated the loss at $1,024.

Fire

Sykesville: Sykesville, Gamber and Winfield responded to a house fire on Sykesville Road at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 14 minutes.

West Friendship: Sykesville assisted Howard County on a brush fire on Route 32 at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 37 minutes.

West Friendship: Sykesville assisted Howard County on a house fire on Frederick Road at 6:52 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out for three minutes.

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