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Trial set for man charged in robberies at Sovereign Bank

April 21, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A man charged with robbing the same downtown Hagerstown bank twice last month has been scheduled for trial in August.

David Courtney Zeller, 57, appeared Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Zeller in March waived his right to a preliminary hearing in District Court.

He made his initial appearance Tuesday in circuit court before Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, who set the trial date for Aug. 10.

Zeller is charged with robbing the Sovereign Bank branch at 100 W. Washington St. on March 9 and 23, according to court records. He was apprehended outside the bank after the second incident, according to the application for statement of charges.

Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Michael told Beachley the cases will be tried together.

Zeller is charged with robbing the bank of $1,480 on March 9 and of $66,000 on March 23, according to court records. He also is charged with theft of $1,000 to $10,000; theft of more than $10,000; six counts of second-degree assault; resisting arrest; verbally threatening to explode a destructive device; and making a false statement about the possible detonation of an explosive device.

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Zeller, whose address is listed as the Dagmar Hotel at 50 Summit Ave., was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a combined bail of $200,000.

On March 9, a man entered the Sovereign Bank branch at about 8 a.m., demanded and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled on foot, according to the application for statement of charges.

On March 23, a man entered the same bank carrying a backpack and wearing a bandanna over his face, records show. The man told the teller he wanted to go into the vault and that he had a bomb, records show.

Zeller, who was in court without an attorney Tuesday, told Beachley he had applied to the Office of the Public Defender for representation.

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