Frederick man charged in Carroll bank robbery

Mount Airy BB&T branch held up Jan. 20 at drive-up

February 17, 2004|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Frederick man was charged yesterday with robbing a Mount Airy bank Jan. 20 by going to the drive-up window and threatening to detonate a bomb, state police at Westminster said.

Mark Daniel Haines, 34, of the 300 block of W. 7th St. was served yesterday with an arrest warrant in the Carroll County robbery, said Detective Sgt. Andrew G. Winner.

About 3:05 p.m., a teller at the BB&T branch reported that someone placed a small bag in the drawer at the drive-up window and warned there was a bomb inside, police said.

The teller put money in the drawer, the robber retrieved the bag and the cash and drove off. Winner would not say how much was taken, but he did say it was far less than the $200,000 originally reported.

Twenty minutes before the Mount Airy robbery, someone tried to rob a SunTrust Bank branch in Monrovia in Frederick County, he said.

Haines is a suspect in that incident, authorities said, and has been charged by state police in other bank robberies last month.

On Jan. 9, a vehicle was reported stolen in Montgomery County and used later that day in a robbery of the Sandy Spring Bank in Gaithersburg, police said.

On Jan. 14, the Farmers & Mechanics Bank in the 5300 block of Buckeystown Pike near Frederick was robbed by a man who threw an object at a teller at the drive-up window and said it was a bomb, according to state police at the Frederick barracks.

Authorities in Frederick County have obtained but not served arrest warrants for Haines on charges of robbery and attempted robbery in that case, and in the attempted robbery of the SunTrust bank in Monrovia.

Haines has been held on $1 million bail at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg since Jan. 22 when he was charged with armed robbery, theft and theft of a motor vehicle used in the Sandy Spring Bank robbery, jail officials said.

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