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One arrested in robbery of bank in downtown Arbutus

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Baltimore County police arrested a 23-year-old Baltimore resident for his role in the Aug. 5 robbery of the Chesapeake Bank of Maryland in dowtown Arbutus, according to the Baltimore County police.

Clarence William Shipley was arrested at 1:22 p.m., less than three hours after the bank was robbed, said Det. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for county police, Monday.

The police continue to search for the other two men involved in the robbery, Batton said.

An employee at a business about a block away from the bank at 5424 Carville Ave. said he was outside his store just after 11 a.m. on Aug. 5 and saw the men go into the bank.

The employee, who declined to be identified for fear of retribution, said the three wore white T-shirts around their faces.

Batton confirmed that the robbers had something covering their faces.

The employee went back into the store after seeing the robbers go in.

"It's crazy that in broad daylight that someone would do (something) like that," said the employee, who estimated that the robbers were in the bank for only about 30 seconds.

Two robbers went to the counter and passed notes to the tellers demanding money, Batton said, while the third man stood by the door.

After one teller gave the men the money, Batton said the robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and entered a silver 2007 Honda Accord.

The robbers, Batton said, did not show a weapon and no injuries were reported.

An employee at the Rite Aid across the street from the bank said he didn't see the robbery, but called 911 after a man came in and told him what happened.

"People around me were shouting at me while I was on (the phone)," said the employee, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "I didn't even see the people who did it or anything. They just told me to call 911 because I was the only one who had a cell phone."

The employee said he was told that, after the robbers fled, people were seen picking up money that had fallen from the robbers' bags onto the sidewalk.

A few hours after the robbery, police officers found Shipley with the get-away vehicle, Batton said.

As of 1 p.m. on Aug. 8, police were continuing the search for the two other burglars, whom Batton described as black males between the ages of 18 and 20.

Batton said it is unknown if the three men had robbed any other banks.

"We have not linked this one to any of the other bank robberies at this time," Batton said.

Dave Weigman, who has lived around the corner from the bank on Poplar Avenue for 14 years, said the area is generally safe and the bank robbery didn't make him feel less secure.

"The police were out here right away. They do their job," he said.

William Freeman, who, like Weigman, did not witness the robbery, said the news shocked him.

Freeman has lived on Poplar Avenue for 15 years and said he knows many of the people who work at the bank.

"I was sitting across the street there at 9 a.m. when they first opened up," said Freeman, who saw many of the bank's employees arrive. "It's definitely shocking."

Freeman noted the neighborhood has seen a trend of crimes recently.

"Right now, we're starting to get the riff raff in here," Freeman said. "We're getting the riff raff from the city.

"I just hope nobody got hurt."

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