A man who was robbed of his wallet, jewelry, cash and automated teller machine card Jan. 24 may have been the first victim of a group of thieves who have abducted as many as six people between Jan. 25 and Thursday and stolen their ATM cards, city police said yesterday.
Bruce Bauman, 30, was walking near his home on John Street in Bolton Hill when three men approached him about 5:30 a.m. They brandished a shotgun and demanded the personal identification number (PIN) for the ATM card they found in his wallet, said Agent Doug Price, a city police spokesman.
Mr. Bauman gave the men the wrong PIN number, which they tried at least once that day. A photo of one of the men using the ATM machine at the Maryland National Bank at North Avenue and Charles Street was taken at 1:17 that afternoon, Agent Price said.
"The only difference in this case was that the victim was not abducted," said Agent Price.
James S. Keat, an editor for The Baltimore Sun, was the first victim to be abducted. He was taken near his Federal Hill home about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 25. He lost $740.
Others abducted were:
* Molly Quaid, 23, abducted Jan. 28 about 3 a.m. in the 1800 block of Bolton St. The thieves stole her paycheck and took $400 from her bank account using her ATM card.
* Jennifer Bohon, 19, an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, seized in the 3400 block of N. Charles St. Jan. 31 about 4:30 a.m. Ms. Bohon had no money in her ATM account, but the thieves took her wallet.
* Carl Leitch, 34, who resisted an attempt to abduct him in the 1600 block of Bolton St. about 6 a.m. Jan. 31. The thieves got his wallet and ATM card and hit him with a shotgun or fist. Mr. Leitch is a Wells Fargo guard assigned to the city's police headquarters.
* Cristian Tampe, 24, who was approached by two men -- one of whom carried a sawed-off shotgun -- as he was about to get into his car in the 3900 block of Canterbury Road about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Mr. Tampe, a third-year medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, lost his wallet and $240 from his bank account.
Early Thursday, Whayoon Kellie Lee, 23, was abducted in Cockeysville in what city and county police believe was a robbery committed by the same group. Ms. Lee, an operator with MCI in Baltimore County, lost her wallet but no money.
The robbers fled when they saw a police car cruising the area after they drove Ms. Lee to the Cranbrook Shopping Center, where there is a bank branch.