Maryland State Police are working with the FBI to apprehend a man who robbed a Finksburg bank about noon Monday.
A heavy-set man entered BB&T Bank in the Finksburg Plaza shopping center at Route 140 and Gamber Road about noon Monday, gave a teller a note demanding money and left with an undisclosed sum, police said. No weapon was displayed, and no one was injured.
Witnesses and surveillance cameras indicate the black man is about 6 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds. He was reported wearing a white knit hat, sunglasses, tan slacks and a shirt that was black on the shoulders and chest, and white on the bottom and the sleeves, with "U.S.A." on the left sleeve and "I.O.U." on the right.
A search of the area with dogs and a helicopter was unsuccessful, and police asked anyone with information to call the state police Criminal Investigation Division at 410-386-3000.
The robbery has not been linked to others, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the Westminster barracks.
On June 12, Farmers and Mechanics Bank in the 6600 block Middleburg Road in Keymar was robbed by a man of a different description who entered about 11 a.m. and pointed a black revolver at two tellers.
In another case, the state fire marshal is asking the public for information about the suspected arson of a pole barn early Sunday near Union Mills, north of Westminster. A neighbor who rents the barn saw the fire and called for help, said Allen Gosnell, deputy chief state fire marshal. The 3:20 a.m. blaze in the 300 block of Kowomu Trail caused $10,000 damage to a 30-by-20-foot barn. Someone apparently also tried to set fire to a nearby bank barn.
The fire marshal's Arson Hotline is 800-492-7529.