Police dispatcher, son accused in bank robbery

August 20, 1998|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police dispatcher has been charged with helping his 15-year-old son and another teen-ager rob a bank in Pennsylvania, state police there said yesterday.

Harry Gilmore Watts, 32, is accused of driving his son and another boy to a PeoplesBank in Jefferson on Monday, police said. Watts is also suspected of supplying the gun used in the holdup, state police in Pennsylvania said.

Watts was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and corruption of minors and was being held at the jail in lieu of $35,000 bond, the Pennsylvania police said. He was being held yesterday in the York County (Pa.) Prison.

Baltimore police say Watts has been suspended from the department, pending an administrative hearing. His son, Frederick Travis Watts, and Jason Brian Jaecklein, also 15, of Edgewood are accused of taking about $3,000 during the robbery, according to state police in Pennsylvania.

They said Watts allegedly drove the boys to the bank and was supposed to wait in the car. Watts picked up his son and drove home, leaving Jaecklein in a cornfield, where the boy was arrested.

Pennsylvania police said Jaecklein told them that his partner's father was involved.

The boys were charged as adults with robbery, theft and conspiracy to commit robbery.

The younger Watts is being held at the York County Prison on $20,000 bond, and Jaecklein was released on $15,000 bail yesterday, state police in Pennsylvania said.

The elder Watts moved from Baltimore to Seven Valleys, Pa., with his father and two children two months ago.

He has been a civilian employee of the Baltimore Police Department since February 1991. Baltimore police said they would decide whether to give Watts a paid or unpaid suspension after an internal investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 8/20/98

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