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Shortly after a downtown bank was robbed yesterday, Baltimore police arrested a suspect who was in the stairwell of a building, changing his clothes.

In a separate incident, police failed to capture a bank robber, who was stained with orange dye when a dye pack hidden among the currency exploded.

The robberies brought to 133 the number of city banks robbed this year, compared with 75 at the same time last year, police said.

About 9: 15 a.m. yesterday, a man told a teller at First National Bank in the 400 block of E. Pratt St. that he had a bomb and gave her a note demanding money, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman.

The teller gave the robber some money although no explosive device was shown, Weinhold said.

The robber left the bank and was followed by Detective Deborah Crawford of the city police burglary squad, who was in civilian clothes, Weinhold said.

Crawford alerted uniformed officers, police said.

About two blocks from the bank, Crawford and other officers saw a man changing his clothing in the stairwell of the Chocolate Factory in the 600 block of Water St. and arrested him.

Police said money taken in the robbery was recovered.

Lorenzo N. Sanders, 34, of the 1200 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. was charged with bank robbery by the FBI, police said.

FBI Special Agent Larry Foust said Sanders was being held in Baltimore County, pending a hearing today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. About 1 p.m., a man who gave a teller a note robbed the West Baltimore branch of Carrollton Bank of Baltimore in the 1200 block of W. Baltimore St., police said.

After the man left, a dye pack in the currency exploded, staining money and robber with orange dye, police said. Police said most of the money was recovered but the man fled.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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