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Three banks robbed in 36 minutes BALTIMORE CITY


Three Baltimore banks -- two of them in the downtown area -- were robbed yesterday in a span of 36 minutes, according to police.

Police said no one was injured.

The first robbery occurred at 8:55 a.m. at the First American Bank of Maryland branch in the 200 block of E. Lombard St., said Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman.

Police said that two men entered the bank and one of them pulled a handgun while the other vaulted the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash from a teller's drawer. Both then fled.

One robber was described by police as a white male in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and wearing a black knit cap and blue bandanna. The other was described only as a black male in his 20s.

At 9:30 a.m., two men robbed a Maryland National Bank branch in the 3400 block of Belair Road, police said. They said one of the robbers stood at the entrance to the bank, pulled a handgun and yelled, "Freeze! Nobody move."

The other robber jumped over the counter and removed cash from several teller drawers and placed it in a flowered pillow case, police said. Both then ran south on Belair Road.

At 9:31 a.m., a Provident Bank of Maryland branch in the 100 block of E. Lexington St. was robbed by a male teen-ager, police said.

Police said the robber, wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, gave a teller a note that stated, "Give me the money, I have a gun."

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. They described him as about 17 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds.

Police said the three robberies didn't appear to be connected.

Twenty-eight bank robberies have occurred in the city this year, 22 more than at the corresponding time last year, an increase of nearly five-fold, police said.

They said 66 bank robberies were reported all of last year in Baltimore.

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