Man charged in 2 bank robberies


January 04, 2007|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,Sun Reporter

A Howard County man was arrested Tuesday and charged with robbing two Columbia banks in the past two weeks while wearing latex surgical gloves, police said yesterday.

John R. Martin, 47, of the 5400 block of Wild Lilac in Columbia is accused of stealing a combined $10,369 from a BB&T Bank on Columbia 100 Parkway on Tuesday and a 1st Mariner Bank on Centre Park Drive on Dec. 22.

In the most recent incident, tellers reported that a man vaulted the counter, demanded money and fled with cash in a pillowcase. He did not display a weapon, and no one was injured. Witnesses provided a description of the robber to police.

Rookie police Officer Christian Kim saw a man driving in the area within 10 minutes of the robbery and pulled him over. Martin was "sweating profusely during the stop and provided inconsistent stories" to police, according to court records.

Officers found a pillowcase filled with money in the car and arrested Martin, who gave a statement about the earlier robbery, court records show.

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