Man sought in 12 robberies in four states eludes FBI He's hit bank branches in Md., Pa., N.J., Del.

September 18, 1997|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF

spokesman said is "wearing us out" with 12 bank robberies in Maryland and three other mid-Atlantic states since early last month.

Agent Larry Faust, a spokesman for the FBI's Baltimore office, said the unidentified man has robbed all of the banks using the same method: a fake bomb on the teller's counter.

The most recent robbery took place Saturday in Lima, Pa., he said.

"I don't think I've ever seen one man rob this many banks this quickly in four states," said Faust. "He's a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to banks."

Faust said the first robbery known to have been committed by the man took place Aug. 8 in Wyomissing, Pa.

Since then the man has robbed banks in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland -- twice hitting two banks in one day, the FBI spokesman said.

Three Maryland banks have been among those the man has robbed. They are Crestar Bank branch in Potomac, which was robbed Aug. 16; a First National Bank branch in Havre de Grace on Aug. 26; and a First Mariner Bank branch in Bel Air on Aug. 30.

Faust said the FBI plans to post a sketch of the man on its Internet site today. He described the robber as a 25- to 35-year-old white male, about 6 feet tall and 175 to 200 pounds, with light brown hair.

He said the man typically wears a baseball cap, T-shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses.

Faust said the FBI considers the man to be "very dangerous." He asked anyone with information about the robberies to call the FBI at 410-265-8080.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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