Bank, Coca-Cola facility robbers use same ploy; Both dressed as workers; crimes said to be unrelated


In two unrelated incidents, a bank and a Coca-Cola distribution center were robbed yesterday by men wearing clothing that led victims to believe they were workers, Baltimore County police said.

No one was injured in either robbery.

"It's not the same guy, the physical descriptions are different," said police spokesman Bill Toohey. "I think it's probably just a strange coincidence."

The first robbery occurred just before 9 a.m. at Westview Federal Savings & Loan Association in the 1000 block of Ingleside Avenue in Woodlawn, Toohey said. He said the bank hadn't opened, but employees admitted the man because he was wearing a brown jacket similar to that worn by United Parcel Service employees and carrying a large box.

Once inside, Toohey said, the man pulled out a handgun and ordered one of the two employees to lie on the floor. He ordered the second employee behind the counter, where he grabbed money from a teller station and ran from the bank, where a third employee saw him get into a waiting green car, which sped off.

The man was described as a 5-foot-10 black male of medium build. He was wearing a brown jacket.

In the second case, at about 1 p.m. a man entered the Coca-Cola distribution facility in the 2000 block of Hammonds Ferry Road in Lansdowne, where drivers drop off cash from deliveries, pulled out a gun and demanded money, Toohey said.

One of four employees present gave him an undisclosed amount and the man fled, Toohey said.

The robber wore a dark sweat shirt over green pants, colors similar to the uniform worn by employees, Toohey said. He was described as a 6-foot-2 black male with a light complexion and a goatee.

Pub Date: 1/26/99

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