Gunman sought in Owings Mills bank robbery

March 13, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A drive-through customer alerted police to a robbery at the First Mariner Bank in Owings Mills yesterday morning, during which a gunman locked employees in a vault before departing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman, said the female customer drove to the bank's drive-through window and saw that none of the tellers were working. She then tried to call the bank on her cellular telephone but got no answer.

The woman walked into the bank and heard someone crying inside the vault, Warehime said, and immediately called police.

Warehime said a man entered the bank in the first block of Painters Mill Road about 11:20 a.m. and demanded to talk with the manager. After a bank employee told him the manager was not available, the man grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the rear of the bank, Warehime said. The man, who was armed with a handgun and wearing a fake beard, forced all bank employees into the vault, Warehime said.

A few minutes later, the customer arrived at the drive-through window, Warehime said.

No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery, Warehime said. No injuries were reported.

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