Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 12, 2008

Pa. man gets 5-year term for armored car ruse

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty this week to an attempted felony theft scheme in Baltimore County, after he posed as an armored car driver and tried to steal store deposits last year. Robert Allen Flanagan, 38, of Dallastown was sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Monday to five years in prison, according to court records. In September, Flanagan was sentenced to 10 years in Howard County for using the same scheme to steal almost $400,000 from a Bank of America branch in Ellicott City. According to prosecutors, Flanagan, a former Dunbar Armored employee, wore the uniform from his former job as he tried to pick up deposits from several stores and banks in Howard and Baltimore counties. In Baltimore County, his targets included stores in Towson Town Center, Valley View Farms in Cockeysville and a Target store on York Road, according to charging documents.

Tyeesha Dixon

Man found fatally shot in Reservoir Hill

A man was killed early yesterday outside his Reservoir Hill apartment, Baltimore police said. The body of Gregory Z. Hines Jr., 30, was found about 1:30 a.m. in the hallway of his apartment building in the 2200 block of Linden Ave. by police responding to the shooting. Police said Hines was shot at least once in the upper body and might have been trying to reach his apartment when he was gunned down. Hines was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment.

Richard Irwin

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