Man gets 9-year sentence in series of bank holdups

May 05, 2006

A 20-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for robbing five banks in one month last year using notes depicting a stick figure shooting another stick figure, federal prosecutors in Baltimore said.

Dennis James Miller of Baltimore pleaded guilty on Jan. 24 in U.S. District Court. He was charged along with Warren William Gibson, 24, whose case is pending.

The two men are accused of alternately waiting outside as lookout and going into the banks.

The first robbery occurred Sept. 14 at Harford Bank in Aberdeen. A teller was handed a note with stick figures at the bottom and the words: "Don't make me hurt anyone."

Prosecutors said the two men got away with $2,090.

Authorities said the same two men robbed a BB&T Bank in Laurel on Sept. 19 of $3,620, a Provident Bank on York Road in Hunt Valley on Sept. 22 of $1,400, and an M&T Bank on York Road in Cockeysville of $1,511.

The final robbery, prosecutors said, was on Sept. 29 at the Wachovia Bank in the 1400 block of Martin Blvd. in Middle River.

Prosecutors said Miller took $3,830 in that robbery, but that he was confronted by a Baltimore County police officer on routine patrol as he walked out the front door of the bank.

Miller ran, prosecutors said, and threw items on the street that included a Sharpie marker and a demand note. He was arrested after a short chase.

Authorities said they found $3,830 stuffed inside a pocket of a day planner and that pages from the planner matched the type of paper used for the demand notes.

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