Man arrested after holdup at Rotunda bank He has been charged in 9 other Md. robberies

September 06, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 30-year-old man arrested in a bank holdup at the Rotunda shopping center yesterday was charged with robbing nine other institutions in the city, and Baltimore and Harford counties, police said.

Carl J. Frey, who has been convicted of robbery, burglary and theft in the past seven years, has a hearing scheduled for Monday before a federal magistrate in U.S. District Court.

Officer Robert Brooks arrested the Frey on a North Baltimore street after seeing a man with money sticking out of his pockets shortly after the holdup at the shopping center, said Lt. Larry Leeson, head of the robbery unit.

Police said a man walked into the Rotunda NationsBank, in the 700 block of W. 40th St., about 11 a.m. and handed a teller a note implying he had a gun and demanding loose bills. A few minutes later, police said Frey was arrested in the 1300 block of W. 37th St., three blocks from his home.

Leeson said the other banks Frey is charged with robbing in the city are: Provident Bank at 1010 W. 36th St. on Aug. 8; Signet Bank at 5121 Roland Ave. on Aug. 11; and NationsBank at 4800 Roland Ave. on Aug. 13.

In Harford County, Frey is charged with robbing the Susquehanna Bank in Fallston on Aug. 20; NationsBank in Joppa on Aug. 21; and a NationsBank on Bel Air Road in Fallston on Aug. 26.

In Baltimore County, police said the banks are: NationsBank at 6700 York Road on Aug. 28; Provident Bank at Golden Ring Mall on Aug. 29; and Mercantile Bank at 200 E. Joppa Road on Tuesday.

Leeson said similar notes demanding money and implying that the robber had a gun or a bomb were used in all the holdups.

Court records show that Frey has been arrested seven times since 1986 on a variety of charges, including drug possession, breaking and entering and theft. He was convicted of robbery in 1990 and sentenced to one year in prison.

In 1994, he was convicted of burglary, breaking and entering and theft, was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to undergo inpatient drug treatment.

Pub Date: 9/06/97

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