Baltimore FBI searching for two serial robbers

Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 18:14:10-04

The robbery spree started back on July 18 at the Bank of America at 3621 Old Court Road in Pikesville.  The FBI says the man walked inside like a customer, but fled as a crook.      

Over the next five weeks, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force thinks the same man pulled off two more heists, robbing the Wells Fargo at 2847 Smith Avenue in Pikesville on July 22, and hitting the Wells Fargo branch at 5121 Roland Avenue in North Baltimore on Aug. 20.

Investigators say in the trio of crimes it's the same thing, the man hands the teller a note announcing an armed robbery and demanding cash.

"Indicated in writing that he had a firearm and was willing to use it," said Special Agent Patrick S. Dugan with Baltimore FBI.

The criminal got away with money, but it turns out he wasn't alone.  Surveillance cameras captured a second man in the bank lobby.

"We've got pictures that we found on the surveillance video from the bank that shows this second person standing in the lobby,” Dugan said.  “Maybe acting as a lookout, or a watch out for the guy whose actually committing the hold up."

What agents do know is that two days later, the same man may be responsible for a string of convenience store armed robberies.

"We're not certain whether he was alone or not in those robberies," Dugan said.

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From just after 3 a.m. Monday through around 8 a.m. Tuesday, the burglar traveled to mini-marts in the city as well as Baltimore and Harford counties showing a gun and getting away with loot.

He robbed the Royal Farms at 6067 Falls Road in Towson at 3:14 a.m. Monday.  Then on Tuesday, the thief hit four stores in just under eight hours:

  • 12:48 a.m. Royal Farms, 15 Hanover Pike, Reisterstown
  • 5:43 a.m. 7-11, 3508 Philadelphia Road, Abington
  • 7:24 a.m. U.S. Fuels/Kwiki Mart, 3300 Washington Boulevard, Halethorpe
  • 8:19 a.m. 7-11, 415 West Franklin Street, Baltimore

"These are very serious crimes, these guys are a danger to the community," Dugan said.

The FBI is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information that gets both of the criminals behind bars.

If you know anything about the robberies or the men responsible, call the Baltimore FBI at 410-265-8080.

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