Prince George’s County Police Department has released surveillance photos of a suspect sought in several bank robberies in the Largo area.

Officials say the suspect walked inside the SunTrust Bank at 24 Watkins Park Dr in Kettering on March 12, posing as a customer. Once inside, they say, the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. After receiving a sum of money, the suspect fled the scene on foot.

On April 19, officials say the same suspect entered a nearby BB&T on the 10500 block of Campus Way South, again posing as a customer. This time the suspect implied that he was armed and proceeded to pass another note demanding funds. He again fled the scene on foot.

Officials say the suspect did not display a weapon in either robbery.

Police describe the suspect as a Black male of medium complexion between the ages of 35-40. He is about 5-feet-8-inches to -5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs between 200 to 220 pounds. He has a stocky build and may possibly have a goatee or mustache.

Officials say they have no reason to believe right now that the suspect is involved in any other crimes in Prince George’s County.

This is the fourth time since December that banks in the Largo area have been targeted for robberies. On Dec. 29, the same SunTrust was robbed and on Feb. 24, the Wachovia Bank on Apollo Drive was victimized by a robbery. The suspect in both of those incidents has been apprehended.

While police officials haven’t made a connection, they admit the trend is alarming. “Detectives are looking into a possible connection,” said Cpl. Larry Johnson, PGPD spokesman. “That is definitely a concern and we are looking into that.”

Anyone with information about the suspect(s) is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online.

George Barnette

Special to the AFRO