A 26-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in federal prison for helping to rob two banks in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. The man and three others were arrested in Severna Park after a pursuit, prosecutors said.
Gregory Eason pleaded guilty to charges of bank robbery with a dangerous weapon and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, prosecutors said. When he is released, he will have to serve five years of probation.
Prosecutors said that Eason was one of four men who robbed the Check Point Check Cashing store in the 2300 block of Harford Road on Dec. 30, 2006. Authorities said three men with guns forced their way inside a rear booth, grabbed a woman and threatened her. They escaped with $28,000, police said.
On Jan. 9, federal prosecutors said Eason and others robbed the 1st Mariner Bank in the 300 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Police said the men, wearing masks and gloves, dragged employees from their offices at gunpoint while another man jumped over a counter and stole $34,600 from teller drawers.
Police said the men drove off in a Ford Taurus, abandoned that vehicle and continued in a Yukon sport utility vehicle. Witnesses followed the car and notified Anne Arundel County police, who pursued the car to a road block on Ritchie Highway. Police said the driver of the Yukon avoided the roadblock, turned into a parking lot of a shopping center, where the men stopped and ran into the woods.
All four were caught; police said Eason was found hiding in an underground drainage pipe. Timothy Sims, 28, of Pikesville pleaded guilty to bank robbery charges and was sentenced to 25 years in prison April 11. The cases against two others are pending.