Bank key stolen during home break-in, assault

April 08, 2000|By Mark Ribbing | Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF

A home break-in in North Baltimore apparently led to a downtown bank robbery yesterday morning.

Police said an intruder brandishing a handgun forced his way into the home of Glendora Johnson and Dexter Ellison in the 3400 block of Kentucky Ave. at 4: 45 a.m. The unidentified man used a roll of duct tape to tie up Johnson, Ellison and a 9-year-old girl staying in the home.

The man pistol-whipped all three, who were treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for head lacerations and released.

The suspect stole $1,400 from the residence, a green-blue 1998 Jeep Cherokee with a Maryland vanity license plate reading "BUNNY2," and the keys to Johnson's workplace, the Liberty Federal Savings and Loan at 401 N. Howard St. Police said the keys to the Cherokee and the keys to Liberty Federal were kept on the same ring.

Police said that while the intruder was in the home, he spoke on a walkie-talkie to at least one accomplice.

About 7: 20 a.m., two men, possibly three, robbed Liberty Federal, taking an undisclosed amount of money from a vault and two safes.

Representatives of the police and FBI said they were all but certain that the home break-in and the bank robbery were related, but said it was not yet clear whether the robbers targeted Johnson's home because of her connection to Liberty Federal.

Police were searching for the men yesterday.

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