Bank gets held up as patrons watch


A 29-year-old man was charged yesterday morning with holding up a Maryland National Bank in Glen Burnie while at least eight customers waited in line.

John R. Gladney of the 7800 block of Tall Pines Court in Glen Burnie was charged with two counts of armed robbery. He was being questioned by county police yesterday afternoon.

Police first suspected that three youths -- two riding bicycles -- were involved in the robbery. But that theory was quickly discounted after Mr. Gladney was arrested.

Police spokeswoman Officer Terry Robey said the two boys, 9 and 14, were in the bank in the 300 block of Hospital Drive to buy quarters when the robbery occurred.

She said they apparently got scared and rode away before police arrived. They were questioned and released, she said.

Police said the suspect robbed the bank about 9:30 a.m. and may have used a gun. Authorities were still searching for the unknown type of weapon yesterday afternoon.

After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the man was seen getting into an Associated Cab, which was stopped on Tall Pines Court, behind North Arundel Hospital and across the street from the Southgate Shopping Center, where the bank is located, police said.

Officer Robey said the money was found in the cab. She said a dye pack had exploded.

Herman Wefelmeyer of Severn said he was in line at the bank when the robbery occurred, although he said he couldn't see what was happening.

He said as soon as the eight to 10 customers knew what was happening, there was a mad -- away from the tellers. "There were people scrambling over the ropes to get out."

Mr. Wefelmeyer, 70, said he just wanted to pay his telephone and electric bills. "It was very quiet," he said. "It all happened fast, in no time flat."

He said he never saw a gun, just one man running out of the bank carrying a bag.

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