2 acted as accomplices in robberies, police say

September 15, 2007|By Madison Park

Maryland State Police arrested two men accused of being accomplices of a man wanted for eight bank robberies in Harford and Cecil counties.

Police charged Antonio Christopher Butler, 21, of Essex and Jeridan Kevin Harris, 22, whose last known address was in Joppa, with robbery, theft over $500 and conspiracy to commit robbery.

State police, FBI and Harford and Cecil County sheriffs are looking for John William Burton, 44, a suspect in robberies of 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; Cecil Bank in Rising Sun on Aug. 27; Mercantile County Bank in Belcamp on Sept. 6; and the Chesapeake Bank branch in Bel Air and Mercantile in Belcamp, both on Wednesday.

State police say the suspect slips a note to the teller demanding money without displaying a weapon. On Wednesday, a witness wrote down the license tag after a suspect robbed the Mercantile branch and fled in a black Lincoln.

Butler was arrested at his home on Wednesday after troopers determined he was the owner of the Lincoln. During the investigation, troopers identified Harris as a suspected associate of Butler's and arrested him near Essex.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about Burton to call the Maryland State Police at 410-838-4101.

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