Bank robbery suspect arrested in Pikesville

Man had fake bomb, police say

March 03, 2011|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County police quickly arrested a man who authorities say held up a bank Thursday morning in Pikesville by threatening to use a bomb that turned out to be a fake.

Police said the man walked into a Bank of America branch in the 2800 block of Smith Ave. shortly after 9 a.m. and demanded money from a teller, saying that he had a bomb.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the man left. While he was in the parking lot, police said, dye packs with the money exploded.

Bystanders told police which way the man had run and officers had a suspect in custody within 20 minutes of the hold-up. Police said the suspect was hiding when found, but disclosed no further details. Police said the bomb was a fake.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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