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Second Cecil man charged in Whiteford, Street bank robberies

Another man has been charged in connection with two bank robberies in Harford County earlier this month.

Phillip Lockett, 39, of the 800 block of Rising Sun Road in Rising Sun, was arrested Saturday after a bench warrant was issued June 19. He is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two counts of robbery, two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and two counts of first- and second-degree assault in the robbery of PNC Bank in Whiteford on June 10 and NBRS Bank in Street two days later.

Joseph S. Tiller, who was arrested June 17 in connection with the robberies, told police Lockett came up with the idea of the robberies, according to charging documents.

When Tiller was arrested, police had originally detained Lockett and Malissa N. Miller, who have the same address.

According to charging documents, Lockett claimed ownership of a handgun and ammunition that was found. He and Miller, charged at the time with crimes unrelated to the robberies, originally denied knowledge of the robbery.

In an interview June 19, Tiller confessed to both bank robberies and said he owed drug-related money to Lockett. Lockett approached Tiller about robbing banks, according to charging documents.

Tiller said Lockett had him canvass the banks in the days before the crimes and said Lockett would drive him to each robbery and pick him up afterward in a tan Toyota van.

Tiller also said Lockett wrote the note used in the robbery and would keep all the money in exchange for crack cocaine, according to the charging documents.

During a bail review Wednesday, Harford County District Court Judge Dave Carey ordered Lockett be held without bail.

Lockett is engaged to be married and has five children, a public defender told Carey.

An assistant state's attorney noted he has 15 convictions from Delaware, including those related to firearms, and poses "a significant danger to the community."

Tiller had also been linked to another bank robbery in Lancaster County and is suspected of robbing an Amish man of baked goods in Lancaster County, according to the charging documents.

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