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Off-duty officer's work nets 2 arrests in bank holdup


Some quick work by an off-duty Anne Arundel County police officer led to the arrest of two bank robbery suspects, one of them a 16-year-old boy, police said.

Police said the two, one armed with a semiautomatic .380 Beretta, entered the First National Bank branch in the 500 block of Benfield Road in Severna Park about 2:55 p.m. Friday. While the gunman held the tellers at gunpoint, the other robber jumped over the counter and emptied two cash drawers.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Schubert, the bank manager, slipped into a back office during the robbery, locked herself in and dialed 911.

Officer Randy Bell had been off duty a few minutes when the call went out, police said.

Officer Bell drove to the bank and found witnesses who gave him the tag number of a Jeep Cherokee used by the robbers, police said. Officer Bell radioed the information to the police dispatcher, who then broadcast an all-points bulletin.

Officer James McDermott heard the dispatch and immediately headed south on Jumpers Hole Road, stopping the Jeep at Custom Way, police said. Within minutes, officers James Shoults, Leroy Green and Robert J. Adams arrived to help Officer McDermott.

They ordered the suspects out of the car, searched them and found the Beretta, fully loaded with an eight-round magazine, police said.

Detective T. J. Bathras found the bank bag in a trash bin near an office building in the 400 block of Jumpers Hole Road. The money was still in it, as was red ink from a dye pack that had exploded, police said.

The suspects were taken back to the bank and identified by employees. They were charged with armed robbery, the use of a handgun in a felony and felony theft.

Leroy Junior Milton, 23, of the 100 block of Clay St. in Annapolis is being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $1 million bond. Travis Cornelius Lockett, 16, of the 200 block of Hilltop Lane in Annapolis was charged as an adult and is being held on $750,000 bond.

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