By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
Two men and two women are wanted in 12 bank robberies across the Baltimore area since March.
According to the FBI, the crew has hit banks in Catonsville, Essex, Severn, Parkville, Arbutus, Carney, and Harbor East.
On June 15, The Columbia Bank at the Village of Cross Keys was robbed just before 2 p.m. Approximately, two hours prior, a BB&T bank in Parkville was targeted but, the crew was unsuccessful.
A quartet of bank robbers dubbed the `Mod Squad Robbers’ are wanted for 12 bank robberies in the area. (Courtesy Photos)
“Aside from violating federal law, they’re pretty smart,” said Special Agent John Krajnak, bank robberies coordinator in the FBI’s Baltimore field office, to local television station WJZ.
“We’re seeing different vehicles, different tags, changes in clothes, changes in appearance and changes in roles. They’re not a dumb bunch. They’re switching things up. They’re doing a decent job casing these places.”
The suspects appear to be in their 20s or 30s. They wear sunglasses and operate with a little bit of style, some more thought put into what they are doing” than the average crew, according to Krajnak, who has dubbed the thieves “the Mod Squad” for their style and approach.
Instead of taking the usual “Everybody get your hands up” approach and causing a scene like in the movies, Krajnak said the suspects use a note to get the crime done-often times they will hand the teller a note demanding cash and threatening violence if they don’t get it.
“We take every note job as seriously as we do a gunned-up takeover, because we’ve seen note jobs escalate,” he said. “We’ve seen ones start out where we say, ‘Well how could this person be threatening?’ And then we do end up seeing a gun pulled.”
Based on language used in the notes, the FBI reportedly knew early on that they had a repeat crew on their hands.
Krajnak would not go into detail to describe the tactics the FBI is using to zero in on the bank robbers, but he said it is multi-faceted.
Generally, with bank robberies, people call in tips often because “In each of the robberies, they are threatening violence against the employees and the customers,” he said. “Whether a gun is pointed at them or a verbal threat is made or a note threat is made, the trauma that is experienced can be very much the same.”
“We will get them,” he said, “one way or the other.”
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to “the identification, arrest, and conviction” of the suspects.
Anyone with information related to the bank robberies is asked to call the FBI at 410-265-8080.