Md. State police arrest three in bank robbery investigations

RISING SUN, Md: - Maryland State Police arrested a suspect in two Harford County bank robberies last week and made two additional arrests resulting from the ongoing investigation.

The first suspect  was Joseph S. Tiller, 35, of the 100-block of Slicers Mill Rd. He was charged with two counts each of armed robbery and second degree assault.

He was turned over to police Wednesday morning.  

Also arrested as a result of the investigation, but not charged with crimes connected to the bank robberies, were Phillip Lockett, 39, and Malissa Miller, 28, both of the 800-block of Rising Sun Rd.

 Both were charged with possession of counterfeit money,  possession of a regulated firearm and possession of ammunition. 

Maryland State Police began the investigation on June 10 after a suspect entered the PNC Bank in the 2400-block of Whiteford Road,The man handed a bank employee a note demanding money. He did not display or imply he had a weapon. The suspect left with an undetermined amount of money.

Just after 2:30 p.m. on June 12, a suspect with the same description entered the National Bank of Rising Sun in the 3500-block of Conowingo Road,  He handed a bank employee the same or a very similar note demanding money. Again, he did not display or imply he had a weapon and left the bank with an undetermined amount of money. No one was injured in either of the robberies.

State Police issued a bank surveillance photo of the suspect. They developed information about a Toyota van possibly used by the suspect when he committed the robberies.

Tips from citizens assisted troopers with their investigation, which led them to develop Tiller as a suspect.

Their investigation also developed information that Tiller frequented the home of Lockett and Miller, who owned a van similar to the one believed to be used by the robbery suspect.

. Tiller was arrested at his home without incident. Troopers found a loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia in Tiller's residence.

At the home of Lockett and Miller, troopers found a Toyota van believed to be the one used by Tiller when he committed the bank robberies. Other items recovered included a counterfeit $20 bill, a handgun, and a box of handgun ammunition. Lockett and Miller were arrested without incident.

The investigation is continuing. Additional charges are possible against all three suspects.


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