Police charge man in bank robbery money stained with dye is missing

November 15, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Police arrested a suspect in the robbery of an East Baltimore bank on Wednesday. Now they're looking for the money.

Whoever has the money should be wary about spending it -- the bills are stained orange from a dye pack that exploded.

"Whoever picked up the cash faces the charge of possessing stolen money," said Lt. Larry Leeson of the robbery squad.

About 10: 15 a.m. Wednesday, a man entered the Signet Bank in the 4800 block of Eastern Ave. in Greektown and gave a teller a note that said he was armed and wanted $800, police said.

The teller put cash and a dye pack in a brown paper bag and gave it to the man, police said.

Outside near the bank, the dye pack exploded, staining the money and causing the man to drop it and run, police said.

Robbery squad Detectives Alric Moore and Rick Mayfield heard the robber's description on the police radio and arrested a suspect at Eastern Avenue and Haven Street. But police and FBI agents did not find the money, Leeson said.

Syrian Cofield, 26, of the 1700 block of Madison Ave., was charged with bank robbery and was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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