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Escapees suspected in heist of ATM

May 16, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Two men who escaped from the Franklin County (Pa.) Prison are suspected of smashing a pickup truck into a Washington County convenience store and stealing an automated teller machine, according to Maryland State Police.

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Authorities said one of the men also is a suspect in a West Virginia bank robbery.

Steven Lawrence Silverman, 30, of Hagerstown, and Scott Caldwell Taylor, 24, of Sharpsburg, escaped from Franklin County Prison's medium security D-Block on April 19.

The two men stole a pickup truck from a farm near the jail east of Chambersburg, police said. Warrants had been issued for the two men on charges of escape, possession of instruments of escape and flight to avoid prosecution.

Authorities alleged that on April 25, the escapees were joined by a third person, who police have not identified, and backed the pickup truck through a glass door at G.T.'s Handi Mart on Military Road in Cascade, Md.

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The burglars aimed the pickup truck at a portable ATM machine that was bolted to a platform inside the store, Maryland State Police Sgt. D.R. Stottlemyer said.

With a security camera videotaping the incident, the burglars threw the machine into the bed of the pickup truck and drove away. The burglary took less than two minutes, police said.

Taylor was captured by police in Brunswick, Md., on May 6.

Three days later, on May 9, the ATM was found abandoned on a back road in Cascade, police said. It had been pried open and the money removed.

Authorities allege that on May 12, a man they believe was Silverman walked into the F&M Bank on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg, W.Va., and handed a note demanding cash to a teller.

Martinsburg City Police said the man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money after the 1:47 p.m. robbery.

Silverman was captured the same day after a Maryland State Police trooper recognized the vehicle in which he was traveling with a woman.

Silverman was charged with first-degree escape, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving a false statement and hindering, police said.

Erica Danielle Wiley, 23, of Thurmont, Md., was charged with harboring a person avoiding prosecution for a felony, hindering, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wiley was released Saturday from the Washington County Detention Center after posting $10,000 bond.

Police said that Silverman had $3,386 on him when he was arrested. They alleged that based on the serial numbers, six of the bills were determined to be bait money from the F&M Bank in Martinsburg.

Additionally, police alleged they connected Silverman with clothing and a baseball cap that matched a bank teller's description of the clothing worn by the robber.

On Tuesday, Martinsburg City Police obtained a warrant charging Silverman with the bank robbery from Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra Miller.

The warrant will be used as a detainer for Silverman, who was being held at the Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown. A detainer is intended to ensure that a prisoner is not freed from one jurisdiction before another jurisdiction with charges against him can take custody.

Silverman had been serving a four-year sentence in Maryland for larceny and possession of cocaine, according to court records.

He was being held in the Franklin County Prison awaiting arraignment on burglary and theft charges in a June 1999 break-in at Shoemaker's Sporting Goods in Chambersburg.

Thirty handguns worth more than $11,000 were taken in that burglary, according to Chambersburg Borough Police records.

Taylor had been in Franklin County Court for arraignment on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy, according to court records. He had pleaded innocent and his case had been scheduled for the July trial term.

Court records said Taylor had been charged by Washington Township (Pa.) Police with stealing a 1989 Ford Mustang from Mike's Auto and Truck, 5100 Buchanan Trail East, on May 17, 1999.

Taylor had also been serving a Maryland prison sentence of one year and one day imposed in Washington County Circuit Court last October for fourth-degree burglary, according to court records.

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