Masked gunman robs bank in Severna Park Signet branch holdup is ninth in county this year

February 20, 1997|By Kristina M. Schurr | Kristina M. Schurr,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a long-barreled gun robbed the Signet Bank branch in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park yesterday of an undisclosed amount of money, an FBI spokesman said.

The man entered the bank about 11: 20 a.m., pulled out the gun and demanded money from the tellers, said Stephen Tidwell, the FBI spokesman. Tellers did not know whether the weapon was a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, he said.

The man put the money in a backpack and waited several minutes at the front door of the bank before running away, Tidwell said. No bank customers or employees were injured.

The holdup was the ninth bank robbery in the county this year. The last one occurred Feb. 13 at a First National Bank branch in the 400 block of Old Mill Road in Millersville. Last year 25 bank robberies were reported in Anne Arundel, Tidwell said.

He said armed robberies of banks, as opposed to those in which a robber slips a teller a note, are becoming more common in the county.

"Prince George's and Montgomery counties have experienced this type of robbery for many years. But I don't know why it's becoming a growth industry here," Tidwell said.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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