Arundel police say bank robber wore nightgown Woman accused of taking cash at Glen Burnie branch

June 22, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Halethorpe woman clad in a short-sleeved nightgown yesterday on charges of robbing a Glen Burnie branch bank and then speeding off as a bank customer tried to pull the keys from her car.

Rosemary Sullivan, 43, of the 1900 block of Belle Ave. was charged with armed robbery. She was arrested by a rookie patrolman on his first day working without a partner.

Police said a woman dressed in a knee-length, terry-cloth nightgown walked into the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust branch in the 7300 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 10 a.m., announced a robbery to a teller and demanded cash. She implied that she had a weapon but did not display one, police said.

The teller put an undisclosed amount of money in a blue plastic supermarket bag and handed it to the woman. A customer followed the woman as she got into a white Dodge Neon, police said.

The unidentified man reached into the car and tried to grab the keys, but the woman sped off north on Ritchie Highway, police said. The man was not injured.

Police broadcast a description of the getaway car and its direction as Officer Christopher J. Ament was patrolling West Nursery Road.

Ament, thinking he might cut off the robber, headed for Ritchie Highway. But he made a wrong turn and wound up heading west, instead of east, on the Beltway and spotted the car described in the radio broadcast just west of the Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard exit.

"As soon as I merged in with traffic, I saw the vehicle," said Ament, 26.

Seconds after he stopped the car, an FBI agent and a county police officer came to his aid, police said. The three held the driver at gunpoint and ordered her out of the car. After she was arrested, they recovered a shopping bag full of cash but found no weapons, police said.

Police said the woman later told them she is in debt. Neighbors said she and her husband purchased their newly built home about three years ago and that Ms. Sullivan recently started a job as a security guard.

Pub Date: 6/22/96

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