Robbers target two Rockville banks Tuesday morning -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 5 p.m. Oct. 29, 2013.

Tuesday was a bad day for Rockville banks, after two were robbed less than half a mile apart in crimes that police said they believe are unrelated.

Police received a report of a bank robbery at a SunTrust bank in Congressional Plaza at 9:35 a.m., Montgomery County Police Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti said.

According to a police news release detailing the robberies, police investigators learned that a man approached a teller at the bank as the teller was about to open the satellite drive-thru. The robber brandished a handgun and demanded money, at which point the teller and robber went to the satellite drive-thru where the teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled in a vehicle, according to the release.

Less than 90 minutes later, police received calls about another robbery at a Wells Fargo bank at 110 Congressional Lane.

In that incident, police said that two people went into a bank, approached a teller, and demanded money.

Police do not believe the two incidents were related, Montgomery County Police Capt. Jim Daly said.

“It was one of first things they looked at,” he said.

In the second robbery, one of the bank robbers vaulted over a counter, while the other robber shot a handgun into the air, hitting the ceiling of the bank.

Police were reviewing photos of the two crimes Tuesday evening, Daly said.

Both robbers fled from that bank without obtaining any money, according to the release.

The robberies are the 14th and 15th of the year, and are notable because the perpetrators in each case used guns.

“It certainly adds another element to it,” Daly said.

Police say anyone with information about the crimes should call 1-866-411-8477.