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Suspected bank robber may return to city

November 21, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Hagerstown City Police are expecting to have a suspected bank robber back in town early next week, now that he has waived extradition in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee authorities are holding the three-time convicted bank robber on local warrants charging him with the Nov. 7 robbery of Home Federal Savings Bank on Dual Highway.

Ronald Lee Schroyer, 39, was picked up earlier this week on local warrants, according to Hagerstown Police Detective Shawn Schultz.

Maryland prison officials said Friday that Schroyer was released from custody in June after serving part of a 15-year sentence he received in 1991 for the armed robbery of a Martin's Supermarket in Hagerstown.

In the new warrants, Schroyer is accused of being the man who threatened to harm a bank teller if he didn't get money. The robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash shortly after the 9:50 a.m. robbery on Nov. 7, police said.

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In 1990, Schroyer was sentenced to 40 months in prison for the armed robbery of the Hagerstown Farmers and Merchants Bank on Virginia Avenue, according to court records.

A 41-month federal sentence was imposed that year for the October 1989 robberies of banks in State Line, Pa., and in Frederick, Md.

A year later, Schroyer drew the 15-year prison sentence for the armed robbery of Martin's Supermarket near Valley Mall.

In all the bank robberies, Schroyer pleaded guilty, blaming the crime spree on his addiction to cocaine. But at his sentencing, he denied the robbery of the Martin's Supermarket, according to court records.

A cashier at the store testified she picked Schroyer's picture out of a 10-person photo lineup based on her recollection of his face that night, according to court records.

She also pointed him out in court in 1990 as the man who handed her a note and robbed her of $400 that night, according to court records.

It wasn't known how long Schroyer had been out of prison before the Home Federal robbery earlier this month.

The Nov. 7 Home Federal robbery was the fifth bank robbery in Washington County so far in 1998. Three have resulted in arrests.

* The F&M bank branch in the 1600 block of Dual Highway was held up on May 14. No arrest was made.

* The F&M bank branch in Smithsburg was robbed on June 18.

The next day, Richard L. Morrow, 40, of Waynesboro, Pa., called police and confessed to the robbery.

* NationsBank inside The Venice on Dual Highway was robbed on July 14.

Austin Elmer Gladhill III, 23, of Waynesboro, Pa., was charged with federal bank robbery and in mid-October pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

He is awaiting sentencing.

* The Hagerstown Trust Co. branch at West Side Avenue and West Franklin Street was robbed on Oct. 7.

John Kennedy Wilson, 34, of 436 N. Jonathan St., turned himself in two days later and was charged with robbery. He is awaiting trial.

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