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By PETER HERMANN | September 6, 2009
These are some of the faces of people robbing banks in and around Baltimore and Washington: A middle-age, balding man with a sand-colored beard wearing spectacles and a striped polo shirt, holding a demand note while leaning across the teller counter. A young man wearing a Detroit Tigers cap, a T-shirt with an easily identifiable slogan, chatting on his cell phone. A man wearing a construction-site hard hat adorned with the American flag and clad in an orange safety vest. A man in a hooded sweat shirt carrying an umbrella under his right arm. A man disguised with a white surgical mask.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
The FBI said Friday it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a serial bank robber dubbed the "Lion Man. " The man, who witnesses reported wore a Detroit Lions cap in at least a couple heists, is believed to be responsible for 11 robberies and attempted robberies since February at banks near Washington D.C., and in the Baltimore area. Witnesses said the man threatened a teller with a gun during the most recent robbery Thursday of a SunTrust bank branch in Columbia.
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By Bruce Friedland | June 26, 1992
A COUPLE of bank robbers in their 20s had their getaway foiled by two Hereford senior citizens the other day, in what is the most recent in a trend of embarrassing incidents for bank robbers everywhere. After escaping into a brier patch, the robbers got so winded running they simply gave up, presumably preferring a long jail term to the discomfort of hyperventilation.In light of this troubling unprofessionalism, the following bank robbery primer is presented as a public service to the criminal element:First of all, get in shape.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is looking for a man who they believe has robbed three area Wells Fargo banks in the span of five days. The FBI said in a news release that the most recent robbery occurred Friday afternoon at the Wells Fargo in the 1700 block of E. Northern Parkway.  Before that, authorities believe he held up a Wells Fargo in the 800 block of N. Rolling Road in Catonsville on Monday, and a branch in the 6300 block of York...
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 13, 1997
Baltimore County police are seeking help finding robbers who dressed as security guards and held up two banks in a week-and-a-half period.The first robbery was about 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at NationsBank in the 6400 block of Security Blvd. in Woodlawn.During that holdup, a man wearing a blue uniform coat with a patch and badge passed a note to the teller, demanding money. He was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall, 175 pounds with a slim build and a mustache.The second robbery was at First Virginia Bank in the 900 block of Frederick Road about 1 p.m. March 7. During that incident, two men, one wearing a security uniform, walked into the bank and showed the tellers a fake bomb and demanded money.
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By Sarah Weinman and Sarah Weinman,Special to the Sun | May 15, 2005
The Hot Kid By Elmore Leonard. William Morrow. 282 pages. $25. Considering that the early 1930s was a time of depression, lawlessness and would-be nihilism, it seems altogether fitting that one of the most revered crime writers would take on that period and make it his own. Perhaps there's a better fit for Elmore Leonard, but I'd be hard-pressed to think of one more suited to him than what's depicted in The Hot Kid: a colorful tale of gunslinging heroes,...
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1996
Two gunmen forced the manager and two tellers of a downtown bank into the vault yesterday morning and stole money in what investigators called a "substantial" robbery that occurred before the bank opened for business.Baltimore police refused to reveal how much money was taken. Bank robbers typically get no more than $2,000, but investigators said much more was taken yesterday.The robbery was the 67th bank holdup in Baltimore this year. The city is on track to break the all-time record of 116 in 1993.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | January 7, 2007
One man is suspected in nine of a record 25 robberies and attempted robberies of banks in Howard County last year, the county's criminal investigations chief said last week. Robbers stole money from banks 21 times last year, a marked increase from the one incident in 2005, said Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for the Police Department. Four bank robbers were thwarted last year, one in 2005. "This just goes to show you how much of an impact one person can have on crime in this county," said Capt.
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December 12, 2001
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD bank was robbed recently. It happens often, which is why I knew what was up when I saw a policeman in Linkwood Park. The cop was looking down at the mouth of the tunnel through which Stony Run passes beneath Overhill Road. "Been a bank robbery," I said. It wasn't even a question. He nodded, staring at the tunnel as if he expected the robber to emerge at any moment. "Good place to hide," I offered. (If you don't mind getting your feet wet, or the rats.) "Did he come this way?"
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | March 27, 1998
The Newton Boys were the most successful bank robbers in American history, but they never attained the legendary status of Butch, Sundance or the James gang, probably because they never killed anyone in their exploits.Not incidentally, what made them so successful was that they weren't terribly flamboyant. To them, robbing banks and trains was as workaday as the desk jobs of the bankers and insurance men they loathed so deeply.It's easy to see what attracted director Richard Linklater to the Newtons' story: Four brothers barnstorming the country from Texas to Toronto offer irresistible fodder for epic history and adventure.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORTS | November 8, 2012
Maryland State Police at the Bel Air Barrack are still looking for a man who robbed the BB&T Bank on Route 1 in Fallston Monday morning. Another surveillance camera photo of the robber, who police say pulled out a shotgun inside the bank, was issued late Wednesday night, as investigators stepped up their efforts to identify and find the robber. As in the two earlier photos issued following the robbery on Monday, the robber wore a white hard hat and safety vest, which made him appear to be a construction worker.
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By Peter Hermann | June 21, 2012
A 50-year-old man who threatened to shoot patrons and tellers while robbing two Baltimore banks within a block of each other near Johns Hopkins Hospital was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison. George Jordan, of Baltimore, admitted in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to the holdups -- in February and March 2009 that targeted bank branches on East Monument Street. The suspect, George Jordan of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the crimes in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
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By Tricia Bishop | May 10, 2012
A 32-year-old Crofton man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday for armed bank robbery, after holding up the same two M&T banks a total of five times and making off with more than $30,000, sometimes wishing the tellers a “nice day” on his way out, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Wearing a hoodie and a neoprene face mask, William Alexander Norbeck burst into an M&T Bank on the 500 block of Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick in March of last year, racking a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and telling everyone to “get down,” according to his plea agreement.
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By Peter Hermann | March 22, 2012
Baltimore police are seeking help identifying a man who on March 15 robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in the 4800 block of Eastern Ave., near Greektown and just west of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Police said the man handed a teller a note implying he was armed with a handgun. Authorities did not say whether any money was taken. The assailant is described as a black male in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall and and weighing about 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark sunglasses, a gray jacket, and dark jeans.
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By Peter Hermann | March 6, 2012
A Glen Burnie man continued to rob banks in Maryland and in three other states while on supervised release stemming from his conviction in 1997 for robbing banks in Georgia and Florida, according o the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Gary Allen Densmore, 56, to 13 years in prison for his most recent robbery spree, and an additional five years for violating the provisions of his release. Authorities said that Densmore, who pleaded guilty, robbed the Carrollton Bank on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie on Feb. 2, 2011 by handing a teller a note and a bag. He got away with $2,300, and prosecutors said he made his getaway in a stolen vehicle.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
Herbert Vincent Sevier, a retired Baltimore County police officer who received a commendation for his role in capturing a bank robber, died of pulmonary failure Sept. 5 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Essex resident was 79. Born in Baltimore County, he attended a one-room elementary school in Back River and later Kenwood High School. He received a GED. Mr. Sevier worked at his family's Shell gas station on Back River Neck Road from 1947 to 1955. He then joined the Navy and was a diesel mechanic on the destroyer tender USS Grand Canyon.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 26, 1999
If you're a bad guy, there's one way to know you've hit the big time.You get a nickname: Pretty Boy Floyd. Baby Face Nelson. The Unabomber. It means one thing: You're pretty good at being real bad.It's time to add one to the list: the Countdown Robber.He has robbed 15 banks in Kansas, Missouri and Omaha, Neb., since Feb. 2, 1996. His most recent robbery was Oct. 21 at a North American Savings Bank in Lee's Summit, Mo., FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said.Each time, it's the same routine: The Countdown Robber enters the bank, announces a robbery and orders everyone to lie face down on the floor.
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By Lou Cedrone | July 12, 1991
''Point Break'' has its areas of excitement, but on too many occasions the movie just lies there -- even when it does, however, the film still manages to look and sound good.The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, whose last film, ''Blue Steel,'' was a silly mixture of reason and outrage. ''Point Break'' plays better than that, though there are a few times when you may wonder who wrote the script. There are also times when you may ask where the FBI agents in the film were trained.The new film stars Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
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