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July 02, 2009

Woman, man arrested in Franklin Co. robberies



FREDERICK, Md. -- Investigators from the Maryland State Police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Department working together to investigate a pair of bank robberies in Frederick County were led to Prince George's County, where two suspects were arrested, according to a news release.

Carlos Williams, 28, of 7858 Blue Bird Lane, Alexandria, Va., and Denise Smith, 37, of 6810 District Heights Parkway, District Heights, Md., face charges including armed robbery, robbery and theft over $500, according to a joint press release from the police departments.

The first bank robbery occurred May 22 at Sovereign Bank on Corporate Drive in Frederick when a man and woman entered and became involved in a verbal dispute, the release said.

The man, identified as Williams, showed a handgun and demanded money, the release said.

The second robbery occurred Tuesday at PNC Bank at 9138 Walnut Street in Libertytown, Md., and involved a man and woman who matched the description as the ones involved in the May 22 holdup, the release said.

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After the two suspects appeared to have an argument, the man showed a handgun and demanded money, the release said.

Following up on the lead in Prince George's County, police conducted surveillance on an address and Smith was taken into custody, the release said.

A search and seizure warrant was executed at the residence and Williams was found, the release said.

Police also found a pellet gun that they believe was used in the robberies and $4,000 in cash, the release said.

Residents asked to lock doors after rise in criminal activity



The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking people to lock residential and vehicle doors following an increase in criminal activity in the Dellinger Road area, according to a news release.

Since June 5, there have been multiple reports of breaking and entering, theft from vehicles and other thefts, the release said.

It appears most of the crimes are occurring from 5 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., the release said.

To help reduce the crimes, sheriff's office investigators are asking people to keep valuables out of sight and not left in back yards.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact criminal investigations at 240-313-2183 or the main sheriff's department office at 240-313-2100.

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