Police say serial robber is holding up county banks

String of crimes began in the fall

most recent instance was last week

July 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore County police are searching for a serial bank robber who has committed at least a half-dozen holdups in the past 10 months, the most recent of which occurred last week.

Police said most of the robberies were at banks along Pulaski Highway and Eastern Boulevard in the eastern part of the county. In each instance, the man approached the teller, leaned on the counter and demanded money in a soft-spoken voice.

Police have connected the man to six bank robberies in Baltimore County: a First Union Bank branch in the 8800 block of Pulaski Highway on Nov. 7 and July 8; a First Union Bank branch in the 600 block of Eastern Blvd. on Jan. 18 and April 1; an AllFirst branch in the 800 block of Eastern Ave. on April 15; and a First Mariner Bank branch in the 100 block of Carroll Island Road on May 17.

Howard County police suspect the same man committed a bank robbery there, said Cpl. Ron Brooks, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

Police have not determined how much cash was taken in the robberies, Brooks said.

A $2,000 reward is being offered by Metro Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the man's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-307- 2020 or 410-276-8888. Callers can remain anonymous.

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