Men with notes rob two banks in Baltimore

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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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