Robber dressed as police officer holds up bank

November 08, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A man dressed as a police officer, complete with a badge, scanner and hat, robbed a South Baltimore bank yesterday morning after persuading the assistant manager to let him use a bathroom, police said.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a department spokeswoman, said the man walked into Harbor Federal Savings Bank in the first block of E. Fort Ave. about 11 a.m. dressed in a black rain coat, dark blue hat and white shirt.

After getting into the back room, the man pulled out a silver handgun and forced the manager to open the vault, Cooper said. He then robbed four tellers as two customers watched, police said.

An employee tripped an alarm, and police said the gunman heard the dispatchers send officers over a portable scanner he was holding. He forced the manager to let him out of a back door, police said. He was being sought yesterday.

He is described as a black-haired white male between 40 and 45 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a stocky build and wearing a false mustache. Police said the man's silver badge may have been plastic and the eight-point hat he wore was similar to a police officer's.

Pub Date: 11/08/97

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