The Sovereign Bank branch on Emmorton Road in Bel Air was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning for the second time in just under three weeks, with the latest robbery believed to be connected to the first.
Maryland State Police responded to the branch, located in the 1800 block of Emmorton Road, just before 11:30 a.m. Friday for a report of an armed robbery. According to state police, a suspect described as a white male approximately six-feet to six-feet, two-inches tall wearing a dark color flannel jacket with a hood, blue jeans, black boots, ball cap and a dust mask covering his face entered the bank and displayed a black “Bull Pup” style pistol grip short-barreled shotgun, which he had concealed under his jacket. The man ordered the tellers behind the counter to open the cash drawers, state police said, and fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The nearby Patterson Mill Middle/High School was locked down immediately following the robbery, Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Lindsay Bilodeau said.
The bank was robbed and the school locked down on Dec. 17, when a suspect similarly described as a white male in his 40’s wearing a hard hat, a dust or surgical mask, blue jeans, work boots and a plaid flannel shirt displayed a firearm and made off with an undisclosed sum of money. That robbery was the third daylight armed robbery in Harford County in the preceding week.
State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Kloiber said the suspect in Friday’s armed robbery matched the physical appearance of the man sought in the earlier heist, and used a similar style of weapon.
Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect should contact:
Sgt. Jeffrey Kloiber or TFC Michael Cornbrooks
Maryland State Police
Bel Air Barrack – Criminal Investigative Section
Phone Number 410-879-2101 ext. 318 or 319
Email – Jeffrey.Kloiber@Maryland.gov or Michael.Cornbrooks@Maryland.gov