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Suspect in turnpike crash linked to bank robbery

July 22, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Suspect in turnpike crash linked to bank robbery



HUSTONTOWN, Pa. - A Gaithersburg, Md., man is being held at the Franklin County Prison on theft and traffic charges related to an incident in which he is accused of fleeing the scene of an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near here and burglarizing a nearby house while police searched on foot and by helicopter for him, Pennsylvania State Police reported Friday.

The incident occurred Thursday.

The man, Timothy Bernard Hennessey, 39, of 16592 Sioux Lane in Gaithersburg, is also a suspect in an Adams County, Pa., bank robbery prior to the car accident, said Trooper Bruce T. Campbell. Campbell said a large sum of money believed to have been taken in the bank robbery was found in Hennessey's car.

As of Saturday, no charges had been filed against Hennessey in connection with the bank robbery.

Hennessey was charged with felony burglary, criminal trespass, felony theft and several traffic offenses stemming from the accident, said Campbell. He is being held on $210,000 bond, Campbell said.

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Police said the Bank of Hanover at 1275 York Rd. in Straban Township, Pa., was robbed at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. A white man entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

Police did not say how much money was stolen. No one was injured during the robbery.

Police reported that at about 1:45 p.m., Hennessey crashed a 1995 Chevy Beretta on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Police allege Hennessey's car struck the rear of a trailer of another vehicle then slid off the road and struck a tree.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. Hennessey sustained minor injuries in the accident, police reported.

When his car came to a stop after the accident, Hennessey fled on foot to a residence in the village of Hustontown, police allege.

Campbell said five state troopers and a Maryland State Police helicopter searched for Hennessey. He was found at about 3 p.m. in a residence with more than $1,300 and other items from that residence in his possession, police said.

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