Convicted robber, killer indicted in April holdup of East Baltimore bank

CRIME WATCH

May 02, 2007

A convicted bank robber and killer was indicted yesterday in another bank robbery -- a crime that occurred after apparent illness spared him from a prison cell to receive hospice treatment.

Authorities say that George Robert Chaney III, 45, walked into a Provident Bank branch in the 2100 block of E. Monument St. on April 11 and handed a teller a holdup note demanding cash.

After Chaney left the bank, a city employee followed him onto the street until officers arrived, police say.

Chaney was arrested in the 700 block of N. Collington Ave., and police said they found $620 in his front pocket -- the same amount stolen from the bank.

Chaney has a history of violence -- with convictions for second-degree murder in 1979 and a string of bank robberies in 1995.

When he appeared in Baltimore Circuit Court last fall for a plea deal in a second-degree murder case, he was in a wheelchair because of an apparently serious illness, and sentencing was postponed.

In March, he received a suspended sentence and probation in the killing.

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