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Westminster Police respond to third robbery in three weeks

The Westminster Police Department responded to a reported bank robbery Thursday afternoon at Farmers and Merchants Bank on Clifton Boulevard.

It’s the third reported Westminster robbery in the last three weeks, police say.

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The department reported a “strong armed robbery” on Sept. 21 at the Westminster Shopping Center. And police said the New Windsor State Bank at College Square was robbed on Sept. 23.

Thursday’s report of the Farmers and Merchants robbery came in at about 2:30 p.m. Police and a K-9 unit were on the scene. No weapon was displayed and the suspect was last seen walking toward Woodward Road, according to a police news release.

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Chief Thomas Ledwell of Westminster Police Department said police like to hold out on information regarding what, or how much, was stolen from the robberies. But Ledwell said no weapons were used and no violence was displayed. The department is sharing images of the suspect.

The Westminster Police Department released photos of the suspect who they believe robbed Farmers and Merchants Bank on Clifton Boulevard on Thursday.
The Westminster Police Department released photos of the suspect who they believe robbed Farmers and Merchants Bank on Clifton Boulevard on Thursday.

For the Westminster Shopping Center robbery, Ledwell said the suspect grabbed the victim’s wallet and cellphone, “and we recovered both a short distance away.” However, he said, the currency was missing from the wallet.

In the New Windsor State Bank robbery, no weapon was displayed and the suspect left the scene on foot toward West Main Street.

Ledwell said the two previous robberies may be connected and they may have a suspect in custody. Police shared photos of suspects and a $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who gives information leading to their arrests.

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Westminster Police is asking anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect to contact Lt. Jeffrey Schuster at 410-848-3846. The public can report anonymously through their tip line at 410-857-8477 or anonymous texts by texting the keyword “TIPWPD” at 847411.

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