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Triple threat: Takoma Park man, Morris Thweatt, arrested in trio of Silver Spring bank robberies, bomb threats

Morris Thweatt, of Takoma Park, Md., has been charged with three counts of armed robbery. (Photo: Montgomery County Police)
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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) – A Takoma Park man wanted by the FBI has been arrested and charged in a string of Silver Spring bank robberies, during which he claimed to have a bomb.

The Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division determined that Morris Kenneth Thweatt, of the 7600 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, is responsible for robberies that took place on June 10 at the Capital One Bank at 12293 Tech Road, on July 2 at the Capital One Bank at 115 University Blvd., and July 22 at the Bank of America at 10151 Colesville Road. All three banks are located in Silver Spring.

During each robbery, 46-year-old Thweatt entered the bank and passed the teller a note stating he had a bomb, before displaying a device wrapped in foil, which he claimed was explosive. He allegedly threatened to blow up each bank if the tellers did not stuff his bag full of cash.

Thweatt often wore disguises during the robberies; during the July 2 incident he wore a sky blue bandana, sunglasses, fake nose and black costume beard.

Earlier this month, investigators said Thweatt successfully completed the first two heists in about one minute.

In one of the robberies Thweatt left behind his “bomb,” which the Montgomery County Bomb Squad later determined to be a fake.

DNA evidence recovered from the scene identified Thweatt as the suspect. He was arrested at his residence on July 25 and charged with three counts of armed robbery. He was held without bond and had a bond review on July 28; Thweatt is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County District Court in Rockville on Aug. 22.

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