Police hunting 2 who robbed bank

April 18, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police and FBI agents were searching the Ellicott City area late yesterday afternoon for two men who robbed a bank at gunpoint.

Police did not have a detailed description of the men because they wore masks. Officers used K-9 search teams to follow the robbers after they abandoned a stolen getaway car and fled on foot, police said.

No injuries were reported and no shots were fired, police said.

The incident began about 9: 35 a.m. yesterday, when two masked men entered the Signet Bank at the Chatham Mall in the 9200 block of U.S. 40 and announced a robbery to 14 customers and employees, police said.

One of the men waved a handgun while keeping watch at the door. The other jumped over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash from several tellers' cash drawers, police said.

The two men ran outside and drove away in a dark maroon Plymouth Sundance, which was reported stolen from Baltimore County, police said.

Officers responding to the robbery found the car abandoned in the parking lot of the nearby Chatham Gardens Apartments. Hours later, the men still had not been found, police said.

One of the robbers was described as wearing a rubber mask, tan trench coat, a hat with a brim and gloves. The other was described as wearing a rubber maskand a three-quarter-length hooded parka, police said.

The Maryland Association for Bank Security is offering a $2,000 reward for information. Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-3200.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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