Masked man robs bank workers fixing ATM in Glen Burnie...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 11, 2002

Masked man robs bank workers fixing ATM in Glen Burnie

Two bank employees servicing an automated teller machine in Glen Burnie yesterday were robbed, possibly at gunpoint, Anne Arundel County police said.

The employees of the Provident Bank branch inside the Metro Food Market on Quarterfield Road in Glen Burnie were approached from behind by the robber about 1:40 p.m., said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman.

The robber, who was wearing a blue ski mask, implied that he had a weapon and demanded money from the ATM, police said. The employees complied, and the robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

Police add more checks for illegal tobacco sales

Anne Arundel County police announced yesterday that they will be checking more frequently for tobacco sales to minors.

Merchants selling tobacco to those younger than 18 could be fined $300 under state law, police said.

The county health department has tobacco sales compliance kits available, police said. The kits contain information on Maryland sales laws, materials for training employees to refuse illegal sales and posters and stickers for display in businesses.

Information: county police at 410-222-0040 or the county health department at 410-222-7209.

Arundel police warn of mailed lottery scams

A 61-year-old Pasadena man who was told he had won more than $300,000 in a Canadian lottery almost sent $52,000 to pay taxes, even though he had not entered the drawing, county police said yesterday as they issued a warning to others to be aware of such scams.

"We sometimes have these types of incidents," said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman. "They're all sketchy. We need to be conscious and aware of this kind of fraud."

Police said the man received a letter last month, from what purported to be a law firm, telling him he had won a lottery but needed to send money to an address in Israel to pay taxes.

A manager at the Pasadena bank where the man made the withdrawal called county police, who turned the case over to the FBI.

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