8 men detained after 2 banks are robbed in Anne Arundel

Suspects led police officers on separate chases through county

Maryland

January 10, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Reporter

Suspects led police officers on separate chases through county

Suspects in two bank robberies led police on two separate chases through Anne Arundel County yesterday that ended with four people being detained in connection with each holdup, including one person who was captured in a storm sewer, police said.

The last was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. An officer was slightly injured, said Lt. David Waltemeyer, a police spokesman.

No further information was available yesterday evening, he said.

Waltemeyer said detectives did not know whether the robberies were linked, and he praised witnesses for their assistance. No charges had been filed by early evening.

Police gave this account:

The first bank robbery took place at 2 p.m. at BB&T Bank, 2078 Generals Highway in Annapolis, when a man went into the bank and announced a robbery. After being handed cash, he left and the car he was believed to be in was spotted on Ritchie Highway near West Street in Annapolis. When an officer tried to stop the car, the driver took off. Police chased the car a short distance, stopping it near U.S. 50, Waltemeyer said. Four people in it were being held yesterday, and Waltemeyer said detectives were trying to sort outwhat had taken place.

The second robbery took place about 2:20 p.m. at First Mariner Bank, 366 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Several men, at least one of whom was armed, entered the bank and took cash, according toWaltemeyer.

A witness told police that though the suspects appeared to have gotten into a small car, they switched to a silver sport utility vehicle. Police spotted that vehicle on Ritchie Highway at Route 10, and officers? efforts to pull it over led to a chase on Ritchie Highway. The car stopped in the parking lot of the Glen Burnie Mall, where three of four people insidewere detained.

In a search for the fourth, a Maryland State Police canine unit was called to help, and the fourth man was found in a nearby sewer, police said.

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