Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

May 12, 2006

Police hunt suspected predator

The Sykesville Police Department is searching for a man who offered rides to two groups of middle school girls as they were walking to school, authorities said.

The man first asked two girls to get into his car along Central Avenue on Tuesday as they were walking to Sykesville Middle School just before 8:30 a.m., Sykesville Police Chief John Williams said. A few minutes later, the man made the same offer to three girls along Jeroby Road, behind the school, Williams said.

About 60 children walk to and from Sykesville Middle, Williams said, but he expects some parents are driving them now. Police have increased surveillance around the school in marked and unmarked vehicles, he said.

The suspect is described as a heavyset white man, between 30 and 40 years old, with light brown hair, a neatly trimmed beard and mustache and greenish-blue eyes, Williams said. At the time of the incident, he was wearing sunglasses and driving a dark blue, four-door compact car.

Anyone with information should contact the Sykesville Police Department at 410-795-0757.

Laura McCandlish

2 Westminster banks robbed

The Westminster Police Department and the FBI are investigating two bank robberies yesterday in Westminster in which the two robbers fled after grabbing an undetermined amount of cash, authorities said.

Westminster Police Capt. Randy Barnes said it is the first time in his 27 years of service that two bank robberies have occurred in one day.

The first robber entered Westminster Union Bank in the 100 block of W. Main St. at 9:40 a.m., demanding and receiving money from a teller, Barnes said. The robber fled westbound on foot, Barnes said.

The second robbery occurred 3 1/2 hours later at the BB&T Bank in the 100 block of E. Main St. The robber also fled on foot, Barnes said.

No weapons were displayed, Barnes said.

Anyone with information should contact the Westminster Police Department at 410-848-4646. To remain anonymous, call 410-857-TIPS.

Laura McCandlish

Man robs Fallston bank

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred yesterday after 9 a.m. in Fallston. A heavyset man described by police as between 25 and 30 years old entered a BB&T bank in the 2400 block of Baldwin Mill Road and handed a note to a teller demanding money before fleeing in a white van with an undisclosed amount of money. Several customers and employees were in the bank, none of whom was injured. Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the incident is believed to be related to another bank robbery in the Fallston area last week.

Justin Fenton

Man guilty in gun possession

A 34-year-old Harford County man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to 13 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun.

According to the statement of facts, an undercover officer with the Harford County Sheriff's Office bought small quantities of cocaine from Timothy Fisher of Belcamp in October 2004.

Police searched Fisher's home in November that year and recovered four handguns, nearly 700 rounds of ammunition, about 14 grams of crack cocaine, more than 15 grams of powder cocaine and a bulletproof vest.

Matthew Dolan

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