Man sought in series of eight bank robberies

CRIME WATCH

September 13, 2007|By MADISON PARK AND DICK IRWIN

Maryland State Police, the FBI and the Cecil and Harford counties sheriffs' departments are looking for a man charged with robbing at least eight banks in Harford and Cecil counties since mid-July.

Police said John William Burton, 44, is suspected in the robbery of the Chesapeake Bank branch on Bel Air South Parkway about 11 a.m. yesterday. Burton also is suspected in the robbery about an hour later of Mercantile County Bank in Bel Camp, the second time since Sept. 6 that branch has been robbed.

State Police Sgt. Arthur Betts said Burton also is suspected of robbing Mercantile Bank in Aberdeen on July 16; BB&T Bank in Churchville on July 27; Harford Bank in Abingdon on July 30; Wachovia Bank in Bel Air on Aug. 13; and Cecil Bank in Rising Sun on Aug. 27.

In each of the robberies, the suspect did not display a weapon and demanded money, said Betts.

Betts said Burton has addresses in Aberdeen, Elkton, Joppa and Rising Sun, and anyone who knows his whereabouts should call the barracks' criminal investigation section at 410-838-4101.

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