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Posted at 9:22 PM ET, 02/ 1/2010

Would-be bank robbers come up empty handed

By Erica Johnston

Two men tried to rob banks in the Maryland suburbs in separate incidents Monday, but didn’t quite succeed. They each left empty handed, and for their efforts are being sought by the police.

Shortly before noon, a man entered the BB&T branch in the 1600 block of Rosemont Avenue in Frederick. The man “demanded money from a teller,” police in that city said. But he fled before he got any, though it was not clear why.

In an apparent coincidence only a few minutes later, a different man entered a branch of the same bank in Montgomery County, in the 11200 block of Veirs Mill Road, in the Silver Spring area. He passed a note and "verbally threatened the teller," Montgomery police said.

Although the man "implied that he had a gun," police said, none was seen. That man also left without any money, and was at large Monday night.

One of the men is white and the other is black, police said.

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | February 1, 2010; 9:22 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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