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Pa. man charged in M&T Bank robbery

July 31, 2011
  • In this file photo, crime-scene tape blocked the entrance to the M&T Bank branch on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown Friday following a robbery there. Milton Johnson III, 41, of Chambersburg, Pa., was charged with robbery and theft less than $1,000, according to a police news release.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

A Chambersburg, Pa., man was arrested and charged with Friday’s robbery of the M&T Bank in downtown Hagerstown after an alert Hagerstown Police officer noticed a man fitting the suspect’s description in a hospital lobby, police said Sunday.

Milton Johnson III, 41, of 76 S. Main St., Apartment 308, in Chambersburg, was charged with robbery and theft less than $1,000, according to a police news release.

Hagerstown Police Officer Justin Wert was at Meritus Medical Center on Saturday for an unrelated investigation when he noticed a man in the lobby that matched the robbery suspect’s description, police said.

Wert contacted detectives, who responded and made a positive ID, police said.

Johnson was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on Sunday in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

The robbery at the 32 N. Potomac St. bank, in the same block as City Hall, occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The robber stood in line at the bank and, upon reaching the counter, asked the teller for $300, police have said.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled north on North Potomac Street.

The man did not show a weapon or use force, police said.

There were other customers in the bank at the time of the robbery.

It was the second reported robbery at the bank in just more than three months. On April 22, a robber took an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

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— By Julie E. Greene

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