Biggest manhunt to date follows Aberdeen bank robbery

January 18, 2013

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, January 24, 1963:

The First Harford Federal Savings and Loan Association in Aberdeen was robbed by a lone armed gunman. Robert Shutt of Havre de Grace, the assistant secretary of the Association, was the victim of the holdup.

Shutt was alone in the Bel Air Avenue building when a man walked in and pointed a gun at him. The robber said, "How would you like to give me all your money?" Shutt brought out all the cash in the cash drawers and placed it on the counter. The gunman then grabbed the cash, $556, told Shutt to get against the wall and left the building.

Shutt rushed out to the sidewalk seconds after the holdup man departed and spotted Town Officer Dave King and informed him of the robbery. More than 60 policemen were called into the area, setting up 16 road blocks around the scene of the holdup. Uniformed and plain clothes men from the State Police, together with a number of FBI agents, police from nearby towns and Military Police assisted men from the Sheriff's Office and Aberdeen Police in the investigation.

This set up the biggest manhunt in this area to date, but the gunman appeared to have gotten away.

Sen. James and the Harford Delegation unanimously agreed on the introduction and passage of a bill creating a second judgeship for Harford County. For the first time in Harford history, voters would participate in the election of their own judge beginning in 1964. Prior to this, voters of Baltimore County in this judicial circuit elected Harford judges.

The 38-mile water pipeline from the Susquehanna River to Baltimore City suffered a setback when the principal contractor on the project pulled his crews off the job and sued the City of Baltimore for $10 million. The suit claims that the firm had not been paid for extra work on the job since June 1962. The finished pipeline was expected to carry 250 million gallons of water each day to Baltimore City to provide all of the water needs for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County until the year 2000. Baltimore City officials said the matter would be turned over to the bonding companies involved in the financing of the project.

Two Harford County pianists tied for top honors at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Juliet McComas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Preston McComas of Bel Air, rendered a Mozart concerto. Thomas Murray Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murray of Jarrettsville, selected a Mendelssohn concerto for his performance. As a reward, the winners won the privilege of playing with the Peabody orchestra in May.

Orioles pitcher Steven Barber was a speaker at the Bel Air Rotary Club meeting. The left-hander was very frank about his abilities and said that he didn't know how he made the big leagues after failing in the lowest class minor leagues. He also related many interesting and amusing stories during his visit.

W. Wilson Everett rolled a perfect 300 game at the Bob Turley Bowl near Bel Air. Everett, a state trooper who lived in Bel Air, bowled the 12 straight strikes in a practice game. It was the first perfect game ever bowled there and only the second 300 game in county bowling history.

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