Man pleads guilty to theft from bank

July 22, 2008|By Tyeesha Dixon | Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty yesterday to taking nearly $400,000 from a Howard County bank in December by posing as an armored-car driver who was picking up deposits.

Robert Allen Flanagan, 38, of Dallastown, Pa., is also accused of trying the same scheme at several businesses one day in October in Baltimore and Howard counties. He was successful only once, taking deposits of $70,000 from a Target store in Towson.

He was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted theft of $500 or more and one count of theft of $500 or more in Baltimore County, according to court and police records, and posted a $50,000 bond. Then, in December, he hit a Bank of America in Howard County.

At yesterday's plea hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Lynn Marshall said that on Dec. 13, Flanagan, wearing a Dunbar Armored uniform that he had kept from when he was an armored car driver for the company before being fired in September, walked into the Bank of America on Baltimore National Pike about 10:30 a.m. and asked a bank employee for the prepared pickup of $379,000 cash. The employee recognized Flanagan because he had made legitimate pickups at the bank when he worked for Dunbar.

But the employee became suspicious because Flanagan left the bank parking lot in a Jeep Wrangler, not an armored car.

Dunbar officials identified Flanagan from the bank's surveillance video.

Police searched Flanagan's home the same day and seized nearly $3,000 in cash from the Jeep Wrangler's glove box. They also found Dunbar uniforms at Flanagan's wife's attorney's office. Robin Flanagan told police that she found the uniforms in the couple's home and turned them over to her lawyer.

Also that day, Flanagan and his wife opened two accounts at Commerce Bank in Harrisburg, Pa., depositing nearly $200,000 in cash. They then withdrew $16,000 and bought a car, according to prosecutors.

In addition to a 10- to 12-year prison sentence, prosecutors are requesting that Flanagan pay back the rest of the money that is unaccounted for, about $200,000.

Yesterday, Flanagan pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $500, and Howard County prosecutors said they were dropping the charges of attempted theft.

In Baltimore County, Flanagan is charged with four counts of attempted theft and one count of theft over $500. That trial has not been scheduled. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Robin Flanagan was arrested and charged in York County, Pa., with receiving stolen property, court records show. She posted a $100,000 bond. Her attorney, John Richard Oare, has told The Sun that his client did not know that the money was stolen and was told by her husband that the cash came from a workers' compensation claim.

tyeesha.dixon@baltsun.com

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