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Bulldog Federal Credit Union in Halfway is robbed

June 04, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

An armed robber jumped over the counter at a Halfway bank and took money from the tellers' drawers Monday, Maryland State Police said.

The robber took an undisclosed amount of cash from the Bulldog Federal Credit Union at 17555 York Road then fled on foot to the rear of the bank at 1:45 p.m., Sgt. S.L. Ganley said.

The robber displayed a semi-automatic pistol and told the bank employees and patrons to lie on the floor, police said.

The robber then jumped over the counter and took money from the tellers' drawers and placed it in a bag. No shots were fired, Ganley said.

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The robber then jumped back over the counter and left the credit union through the front door.

The robber was still at large Monday evening.

He may have run down a path in a wooded area behind the bank, parallel to Piper Lane, Ganley said.

The wooded path branches out to several other paths leading to nearby homes and businesses. The main path ends at Heisterboro Road.

State police and Washington County Sheriff's deputies searched the Halfway neighborhood with a helicopter and a K-9 unit. A K-9 officer said his dog, Rex, briefly picked up the robber's trail along Piper Lane.

Troopers lined Halfway Boulevard and looked over a bridge near Motel 6 for the robber, and some officers drove around the Piper Lane neighborhood and talked to residents Monday afternoon.

Police said the robber got in an older model blue four-door Taurus that was parked on Marbern Road. The vehicle may have had damage to the passenger's side.

The robber was described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans and silver shoes.

After the robbery, bank employees placed closed signs on the doors and on a step stool that blocked the drive-through lanes.

State troopers blocked the entrance with an unmarked car and troopers lingered in the parking lot to advise customers that the bank was closed.

Employees and witnesses sat on a picnic bench at the entrance to the wooded path and were interviewed by police.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call state police at 301-739-2101.

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