EXPLODING DYE PACK FOILS A BEL AIR BANK ROBBERY

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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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