An armed man who held up the Baltimore County Savings Bank in Bel Air Monday dropped the money and was almost literally caught red-handed, town police reported.

The man approached one of the bank's tellers, pulled out a handgun and demanded money at 1:50 p.m., police said.

Police said the teller handed over an undetermined amount of cash.

After leaving the bank, the suspect dropped the money bag in theshopping center's parking lot when a dye pack placed with the money exploded, spraying red dye over his hands and clothing, police said.

The man then ran to a car, a brown or black Dodge Daytona, and fled from the shopping center, police said.

The suspect is described by police as a white male with light blond hair, between 18 and 25 years old and about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a green knit ski cap, ablack leather jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call police at 838-3120 or the FBI at 265-8080.

In an unrelated robbery last week, three Philadelphia men were arrested and charged with theft by Bel Air police in connection with a Feb. 3 heist at Littman Jewelers in the Harford Mall.

The suspects are accused of taking five diamond rings worth a combined $10,000 from a display case at the jewelry store.

The suspects were apprehended after their car was pursued by police and stopped on Route 24near Tollgate Road, police said. Two suspects -- James Nedab, 28, and JoAnn M. Steward, 30 -- were placed under arrest at the site.

A third suspect, Alphonso Lee, 24, ran to a nearby housing development and hailed a taxicab, police said. The taxi was trailed by a state police helicopter to White Marsh where the arrest was made.

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