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Suspect may be responsible for 13 bank robberies

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Authorities are investigating an armed robbery at a BB&T Bank in Wheaton that may be linked to 12 other bank robberies.

Police said the bank at 11501 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton was robbed by a suspect at about 12:15 p.m.

Police believe the suspect may be linked to nine bank robberies in Montgomery County between June 2010 and Sept. 2 and a handful of robberies in Virginia.

The suspect is believed to have robbed the following banks:

• July 2, 2010, Sovereign Bank, 17920 Georgia Avenue, Olney, approximately 12:27 p.m.
• September 1, 2010, Sovereign Bank, 17920 Georgia Avenue, Olney, approximately 3:10 p.m.
• October 14, 2010, M&T Bank, 11161 New Hampshire Avenue, White Oak, approximately 2:33 p.m.
• October 30, 2010 – Wachovia Bank, 16810 Georgia Avenue, Olney, approximately 10:21 a.m.
• November 16, 2010 – M&T Bank, 11161 New Hampshire Avenue, White Oak, approximately 11:16 a.m.
• December 14, 2010, BB&T Bank, 2947 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, approximately 2:15 p.m.
• December 20, 2010, Bank of America, 600 North Washington Street, Alexandria, approximately 2:45 p.m.
• December 27, 2010, PNC Bank, 1700 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, approximately 2:15 p.m.
• January 7, 2011, SunTrust Bank, 9812 Falls Road, Potomac, approximately 1:31 p.m.
• February 1, 2011, Sovereign Bank, 481 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, approximately 3:27 p.m.
• July 21, 2011, SunTrust Bank, 9812 Falls Road, Potomac, approximately 9:54 a.m.
• August 4, 2011, SunTrust Bank, 603 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia, approximately 10:06 a.m.
• September 2, 2011, BB&T Bank, 11501 Georgia Avenue, approximately 12:13 p.m.

From police: Detectives are asking anyone with information about the bank robberies and/or the suspect to call the Montgomery County Police - Robbery Section at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or at 240-773-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips can also be provided by typing “MCPD” plus the tip on a cell phone or PDA and texting it to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Solvers has increased the cash reward from $1,000 to $2,500 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person responsible for these bank robberies.

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