2019 | Police & Fire

Police Say Same Man Robbed Two Rockville Banks in Six Days

Banks are less than a mile apart

Rockville bank suspect resized

via Montgomery County Police

A man stole money from two Rockville banks in six days between Oct. 9 and 15, Montgomery County police said.

The man entered the Old Line Bank at 1801 Rockville Pike Oct. 9 around 10 a.m. and handed the teller a note demanding cash and implying he was armed with a weapon, police said. The man took money and fled north on a bicycle.

Police said the man appeared to be in his 30s and was wearing a Washington Redskins sweatshirt during the robbery. After fleeing, he stopped at a nearby parking lot and removed the sweatshirt before continuing north on Rockville Pike, police said.

The same man, police said, entered the Congressional Bank at 1700 Rockville Pike on Oct. 15 at 10:20 a.m. He gave a similar note to the teller, demanding money and saying he was armed, police said. The man fled and was last seen walking south on Rockville Pike.

The two banks are less than a mile apart on opposite sides of Rockville Pike.

Police said in a press release on Monday afternoon that the same man robbed both banks. They released surveillance video from the Old Line Bank robbery that shows him taking off his sweatshirt and pants in a parking lot before leaving the scene with his bike.

Police also released a surveillance photo from the Congressional Bank robbery.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, said they are certain the same person robbed both banks, based on the surveillance photos and video.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100 or Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477 for a reward of up to $10,000.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com