Two teens charged with burglary and arson in Towson bank explosion

February 13, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police have charged two men with second-degree burglary in an explosion early Saturday at a Towson bank a block from the police precinct, authorities said yesterday.

Joseph Preston Edmonds, 18, of the 4000 block of White Ave., Baltimore, and Richard Funk, 18, of the 7300 block of Forrest Ave. in Hanover, a northwest Baltimore County community, were arrested Tuesday, police said.

They were being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review. Both have also been charged with second-degree arson.

Investigators allege the pair broke into the Signet Bank branch in the Royston Building in the 100 block of W. Pennsylvania Ave. about 6: 45 a.m. and set off an explosive fire, which triggered an alarm inside the bank.

The money in the bank's vault was not disturbed.

The investigators identified the suspects through bank surveillance tapes and physical evidence found in the bank. The explosion was intended to conceal evidence of the burglary, detectives said.

The incident led police to seal off a nine-block area in downtown Towson for several hours while detectives searched the building. Police bomb squads and five police dogs assisted in the investigation.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were informed of the incident. No injures were reported.

Although damage estimates were not available, police said that the bank was ransacked and that they found glass shards on the floor. The windows and front door of the Towson Computer store across the lobby from the bank were blown out.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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