Police charge Elkridge man, 23, in January armored car robbery

April 01, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An Elkridge man was charged Friday in an armored car robbery in January believed to have netted $368,000, Howard County police said.

FBI agents picked up Eric Allen Miller, 23, of the 5900 block of Setter Drive Thursday night at a Frederick Road shopping center in Baltimore. Howard County police charged him with two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault and felony use of a handgun, and one count of theft.

According to charging documents, Miller was identified as a suspect through informants. The robbery occurred Jan. 31 while an armored car was making a delivery to FCNB Bank on Montgomery Road in Elkridge. The informants said Miller had told a friend that "something big" was going to happen Jan. 31 and, hours after the robbery, had asked a friend's mother if he could borrow a shovel, according to the documents.

Police said two men in a stolen pickup backed up to the Brinks armored car and brandished handguns as two guards unloaded money. The men sprayed one of the guards with Mace and grabbed three bags of money from the rear of the truck, the documents show.

The pickup was found abandoned at Lawyers Hill Road and Summer Home Terrace shortly after the robbery, the documents state.

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