County police up to speed on series of robberies

As fast as thieves strike, suspects are identified

May 05, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

County police investigated three robberies within 24 hours - and identified suspects in all three cases within minutes.

In the first case, officers arrested and charged a 39-year-old man with robbing the First Union Bank at the Harundale Plaza on Thursday afternoon. A man went to a restaurant about a block from the bank right after the robbery and told an employee that he had just held up a bank, police said. Officers rushed to the restaurant and charged Joseph Garland Knight, of no fixed address, with armed robbery.

About six hours later, a man robbed a skate shop in Glen Burnie, police said.

David B. Meyers, 30, of the 1600 block of Cypress St. in Baltimore has been charged with robbing the Charm City Skate Shop and felony theft, police said. A warrant for his arrest was issued Friday.

Meyers had been arrested on a warrant Thursday on charges of writing a bad check, and a county court commissioner released him on his own recognizance minutes before the robbery, police said.

On Friday afternoon, three men accused of leading police on a chase through Cherry Hill in Baltimore were arrested and charged with robbing an Arnold bank, according to police.

The robbers were armed with handguns when they held up the Annapolis Bank and Trust on East College Parkway in Arnold, according to police reports. They were seen fleeing in a maroon Oldsmobile, which was spotted by police a few minutes later northbound on Interstate 97.

Officers from the county and Baltimore surrounded the car in the city and arrested all three suspects as they ran from the car, police said. Officers said they were also able to recover an undisclosed amount of stolen money.

Marvin J. Gardner, 36, and Darren Byrd, 24, both of Baltimore, and a third suspect, who refused to identify himself, were charged with armed robbery, according to police, who said the third man will be identified through fingerprints.

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