Men with notes rob two banks in Baltimore


Two downtown Baltimore banks were robbed in separate incidents yesterday by men who handed tellers threatening notes, bringing the city's 1993 record-setting bank robbery total to 103, police said.

Neither of the men in yesterday's robberies showed a weapon, police said.

A man dressed in dark clothes walked into the Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co. about 1:30 p.m. and -- after patiently waiting in a line of customers -- handed a teller a robbery note, police said.

The note read: "There's a gun pointed at you. Put money in the bag. No dye pack or I'll start shooting."

He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and was seen getting into a gray van outside the bank, in the 1100 block of N. Charles St. Police later stopped a vehicle matching the description and were questioning a suspect last night.

The other robbery occurred about 11:30 a.m. at the Carrollton Bank of Baltimore in the 1200 block of W. Baltimore St., police said.

The suspect is described as black, in his mid-20s, and between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10. He had a mustache and wore a black-and-white bandanna, a beige shirt, red sweater, khaki pants and white athletic shoes.

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