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Bel Air Sovereign Bank Robbed, State Police Investigating

The bank on Maryland Route 924 was robbed twice within less than a month.

Soveriegn Bank in Bel Air was robbed Friday for the second time in three weeks, and Maryland State Police are investigating.

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On Jan. 4, Maryland State Police responded to a reported robbery at Sovereign Bank at 1816 Emmorton Road in Bel Air, a short distance from Patterson Mill Middle/High School, a dispatcher confirmed Friday.

Around 11:30 a.m. the robber walked into the bank, displayed a "Bull Pup" style, pistol grip, short barrelled shotgun and ordered tellers to open the cash drawers, according to a release from state police. The man ran from the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

The robber is described as a white man, between 6'0" and 6'2" in height. He was wearing a dark colored flannel jacket with a hood, blue jeans, black boots a ball cap and a dust mask over his face.

This is the second time the bank location has been robbed within less than a month. On Dec. 17., a man wearing a hard hat and dust or surgical mask .

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Suzanne January 04, 2013 at 10:18 PM
These banks are being robbed on more than 1 occasion! I feel sorry for the traumatized staff at these banks. Life changing experience.
Elisha Ebert January 04, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Very life changing experience Suzanne. I have been through it twice and had to leave my job after 8 years I feared for my life and decided it was not worth it.
Suzanne January 04, 2013 at 10:54 PM
yep, me, too. Left a 30 yr. career as a pharmacist.
segram January 04, 2013 at 11:57 PM
The M&T Bank branch that I frequent got robbed twice and finally installed counter to ceiling bullet proof glass. They have not been hit since. I see more banks going this route. Damn shame, but its just par for the course in todays world. I also feel for those subjected to this insanity. It has to be a life changing event knowing your life could end at the hands of a lunatic.
Erinn January 05, 2013 at 01:42 PM
seriously? 2 times in 3 weeks. What will the bank do to stop this from happening again? Are they just an easy target or what? Close down, move locations... install glass something. I certainly would have to think twice about working there if this was always happening. I feel badly for the employees.
MVPHKR January 05, 2013 at 03:57 PM
There's been a rash of holdups in this area lately, all with the same suspect description: A while male wearing workman's clothing, with some sort of headgear and his face covered. Banks, stores in Greenbrier, the Benson post office, all held up by a guy fitting this description. Betcha this is a local drug addict. I hope this fool is either captured or killed soon, before he hurts somebody during one of these robberies. My condolences to people who've experienced this...it's gotta be tough.
MVPHKR January 05, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Oops! That was supposed to read "white" male, of course!
Concerned January 05, 2013 at 05:12 PM
The amazing part of this story is that when the bank got robbed, 2 State Troopers were running radar a mile down the road at their daily spot SB on Rt 924 after Wheel Rd. Its always about the money and not protecting people. As a former bank manager in a jurisdiction where the police were more concerned about public safety than raising money, it was always nice to see the deputy walk in a few times a day just to say hello.
Otto Schmidlap January 05, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Police don't "protect people" (or "prevent crime"), rather, police primarily enforce law and investigate crime.
Concerned January 06, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Otto, in MD maybe, I have traveled extensively throughout this country. The police "mission" is much different in other places throughout the Country.
ADumhass January 06, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Bullet proof glass, this wolf will still take his sheep whether or not a fence is there. You need a sheep dog, whether it is a law enforcement officer standing guard during business hours, contracted security, and/or armed employees. Employees of banks have a higher chance of risking their life, and they have no means to protect themselves.
Take Responsibility! January 06, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Police are crime scene clean up. They don't protect anyone.
Regina Powell January 08, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Until the laws change from being so lenient this situation is not going to change but worsen.

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