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3 charged after bank robbery in Glen Burnie


Three suspects were in police custody last night, charged with holding several Glen Burnie bank tellers at gunpoint and leaving the branch with pockets full of cash, Anne Arundel police said.

A few miles from the Bank of America branch in the 7200 block of Ritchie Highway, Northern District officers found what they said was the robbers' getaway car abandoned on Crain Highway near 11th Avenue and two of the suspects walking nearby.

Police said they found the third suspect walking on Furnace Branch Road near Burwood Road about 35 minutes after the 11:30 a.m. robbery. It was the second bank robbery on Ritchie Highway in a week.

Jeffrey Jerome Harris, 24, a Maryland resident with no fixed address; Donald Alvin Bursey, 21, of Cylburn Avenue in Baltimore; and Tavon Anthony Giles, 21, of Furnace Branch Road, were charged in yesterday's robbery with armed robbery, felony theft and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Bail information was not available.

No one - including eight customers in the bank - was injured, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman. One of the bank's seven employees on duty was treated for anxiety, he said.

The Bank of Glen Burnie on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park was robbed July 20 by an armed young man wearing military-style camouflage pants and a nylon mask. The robber shoved an undisclosed amount of cash into his pockets before he ran into the woods, police said. He has not been found.

Investigators are trying to determine whether there is a connection between the two bank robberies or others, Ravenell said. He declined to discuss the recovery of handguns the suspects are accused of using yesterday or other details of the robbery.

Police recovered the cash taken yesterday but would not disclose the amount, which is routine, so that other criminals don't know how much money banks typically have in their cash drawers, Ravenell said.

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