A robber pretending to be a bank customer waited in a line at Provident Bank in Ellicott City, showed a teller a fake bomb and fled when the worker gave him cash Friday, Howard County police said.
Police said everyone was evacuated from the bank in the 9300 block of U.S. 40 immediately after the 6:30 p.m. robbery.
A bomb squad from the state fire marshal's office went to the scene and found that the device was nothing more than tubes of caulk wrapped in tape, police said.
The robber was described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing 150 to 180 pounds. He wore glasses, a jacket, jeans and a white motorcycle helmet with a visor, police said.
Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-2220, police said.
* Ellicott City: 11300 block of Clarksville Pike: Residents returning home Saturday found a burglar running from their son's bedroom. One of the residents ran after the intruder and saw him drive away in a red Suzuki Sidekick, police said.
3400 block of St. Johns Lane: A burglar entered an office building by prying open a side door and then opened several offices early July 25. Police said a small television set was reported stolen.
5000 block of Dorsey Hall Drive: An officer responding to an alarm at a doctor's office found its door pried open early July 25, but police said nothing was reported missing.
8500 block of U.S. 40: A gray 1990 Plymouth Voyager was stolen from the parking lot of the Acura West dealership between June 22 and Thursday, police said.
3700 block of Maryland Ave.: Someone tried to steal a Chevrolet van by prying out a window and tampering with its ignition Thursday, police said.
8000 block of Main St.: A 1988 Pontiac Firebird stolen from a parking lot
Wednesday was recovered at a Columbia Park-and-Ride Thursday, police said.
3100 block of West Springs Drive: A red 1989 Suzuki Swift with Maryland tags CDG-003 was stolen Thursday, police said.
6600 block of Pheasant Drive: A rear storm door on a house was pried between 2:20 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Friday, but police said no entry was made.
5800 block of Bonny Bridge Place: A 1982 Oldsmobile Delta 88 with license plates CEC-741 was stolen Sunday between 1:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., police said.
4100 block of Dee Jay Drive: A blue 1987 Ford F150 truck was reported stolen between 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. It has Maryland plates 328661, police said.
4800 block of High Hawk Court: A white 1991 Honda Accord was stolen between July 23 and Sunday, police said.
4900 block of Webbed Foot Way: A green 1991 Honda Accord was stolen Saturday between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., police said. It has Maryland plates BRZ-887.
* Elkridge: 6800 block of Old Waterloo Road: A woman who left her front apartment door open while she went to her car Saturday night was shoved aside by a burglar carrying her CD player when she returned. The burglar dropped the property before fleeing, police said.
6700 block of Santa Barbara Court: Entenmann's Bakery reported that a fax machine, computer and laser printer were taken between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.
6300 block of Howard Lane: Consolidated Delivery reported a break-in between Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m., but police were not sure if anything had been taken.
7100 block of Ducketts Lane: A black 1991 Acura Integra with Maryland tags ZYM-853 was stolen July 25, police said.