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Man charged with robbing credit union

May 20, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man has been charged in the April 19 robbery of the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Cruz Daniel Maldonado, 18, of 42 Manor Drive, Apt. 3, is charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft of $1,000 to less than $10,000, according to a police news release.

Maldonado was being held on $75,000 bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center. He was arrested May 12 without incident at his home, according to Greg Alton, a sheriff's department investigator.

A man entered the credit union at 16802 Virginia Ave. at about 9:45 a.m. on April 19 and demanded money, police said. After leaving the credit union, the man climbed into a red Pontiac Grand Am or a red Toyota Celica with Maryland plates, police said.

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The robbery was one of three incidents at the bank in less than five months.

On Dec. 11, a man wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and dark denim jeans, and carrying a backpack, robbed the credit union before 9:30 a.m. That robbery was being investigated by Maryland State Police, Alton said.

Police believe two people were trying to rob the credit union when they approached the building at about 5 p.m. on April 26. In that incident, two people approached the credit union but ran when they realized the doors on the building were locked, police said.

They ran toward Hampton Road behind the credit union, police said. Alton said Thursday that the sheriff's department has some "promising leads" in the incident.

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