A gunman held up a bank in the Bel Air South area for the second time in 18 days Friday morning, Maryland State Police said. The robber was still at large as of Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack were dispatched to the Sovereign Bank, at 1816 Emmorton Road, for a report of an armed robbery, according to a media release from the Bel Air Barrack issued late Friday afternoon.
According to State Police, the robber displayed a black "bullpup" style pistol grip, short-barreled shotgun, which he had concealed under his jacket, and ordered the tellers behind the counter to open the cash drawers.
The robber took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and left the scene on foot in an unknown direction, State Police said.
The robber was described as a white man, approximately 6 feet to 6 feet, 2 inches tall, wearing a dark color flannel jacket with a hood, blue jeans, black boots, ball cap and a dust mask covering his face.
State Police have released a security camera photograph of the suspect.
Anyone with information on the incident or suspect should contact Sgt. Jeffrey Kloiber or TFC. Michael Cornbrooks with the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack - Criminal Investigative Section at 410-879-2101, ext. 318 or 319, or Jeffrey.Kloiber@Maryland.gov or Michael.Cornbrooks@Maryland.gov.
The same bank was robbed the morning of Dec. 17, which at that time had prompted the Harford County Sheriff's Office to request that the nearby Patterson Mill High and Middle School complex be locked down for about 20 minutes while police searched for the robber.
In the earlier holdup, the robber was described as a white man in his 40s who was wearing a hard hat, a dust or surgical mask, blue jeans, work boots and a plaid flannel shirt. He ran off to the rear of the bank and remains at large.
Friday evening, Kloiber said via e-mail that there are dress similarities between both Sovereign holdups.
"I can say the suspect in both robberies at the Sovereign Bank was wearing the same flannel jacket, a dust mask and the shotgun looked the same," Kloiber said. "At this point I am unable to definitively say if the suspect wearing the attire is in fact the same person."
A weapon similar to the one used in Friday's robbery was also used by a man who held up a BB&T Bank branch in Fallston on Nov. 5. That robber was dressed similar to the robber in the Dec. 17 holdup of the Sovereign Bank, the Sheriff's Office said at the time. He also got away and has not been caught.
There was also an armed robbery at the small Benson Post Office between Bel Air and Fallston on Dec. 12 and an armed robbery at the NBRS Bank in the 3500 block of Conowingo Road in Street on Dec. 13. Both of those robberies were committed by white men who appeared to be acting alone, police have said. Neither robber has been caught.