An attempted bank robbery in the Urbana area on Tuesday was apparently thwarted when the culprit approached an employee in training to demand money, according to court charging documents.

It was about 10 a.m. when a man, later identified as Jerry Lee Tolbert Jr., barged into the Bank of America at 3371 Worthington Blvd. with his hood up and a white and gray bandanna covering the lower half of his face, according to the documents. Tolbert shouted at employees, asking if they knew what time it was, and then, while displaying what appeared to be a handgun, approached one of the tellers and placed a plastic bag on the counter in front of her. Tolbert demanded that the teller fill the bag with cash, only to learn that the employee, who was only on her third day of working at the branch and was being trained in the job at the time, did not yet have access to any money, according to the documents.

Although the new teller called for another employee, Tolbert apparently decided to abandon his plan to rob the bank, running out the door to a red Hyundai Sonata that he had left running in the parking lot to escape, the documents state.

Sheriff’s deputies swarmed the bank a short time later and canvassed the area for the getaway car, eventually locating it and Tolbert in the park-and-ride lot at Md. 75 and Baldwin Road, about 7 miles from the bank, according to the documents. Tolbert, who was still wearing some of the same clothes he was seen wearing on the bank’s surveillance footage, was taken to the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, where he refused to talk about the robbery and demanded an attorney.

Tolbert was then taken to Frederick Health Hospital for a checkup when he became incoherent and told deputies that he had recently used heroin, the documents state.

Deputies seized further evidence from the Sonata, including a black pellet gun, the plastic bag detectives believe Tolbert used in the robbery attempt and a fifth of Jim Beam apple-flavored bourbon, according to the documents. Tolbert was also wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest that detectives used to further link him to the attempted robbery and lead them to the jacket Tolbert was seen wearing in surveillance footage, which he had apparently discarded in a nearby drainage pipe.

Investigators later learned that Tolbert was on probation for a criminal offense in Gaithersburg, the documents indicate.

Tolbert, 54, who had a Florida driver’s license and a registered address in the 17200 block of Elmer School Road in Poolesville, was charged with armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a firearm in a felony crime of violence.

Tolbert remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center awaiting a bail review hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in District Court.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

(15) comments


His facial hair is neatly kept, too bad we can't see our brains on narcotics.


I always miss out on the fun! I love dress rehearsals!


Need that cash to feed that Jones

And the politicians throwing stones

Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down

Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Alice Jones

Clean!! Awesome song. One of Bobby’s better ones, nothing beats Mars Hotel though.


Proof that heroin is the most powerful drug out there. Like a mosquito needing blood, it becomes the most powerful and driving force in a person's life. This guy may not be smart, but I bet you he needed a fix at that time


Makin' your momma proud, Jerry Lee.....


Add that one to the Hall of Fame of Dumbest Crooks.

Alice Jones

More like saddest. He is obviously not well.


On probation, wearing an ankle monitor, approaches the only employee with no access to money, nets zero dollars in a bank robbery, and uses a red Hyundai Sonata as a get-a-way car. Probably as good time to reevaluate your occupation.


I’m wondering if the armed robbery charge will stick since he didn’t take anything that wasn’t his?

And, was any weapon found?


"Deputies seized additional evidence from the Sonata, including a black pellet gun..."


I think she was being sarcastic since we know from the recent impeachment that if the actual crime was never completed then it is not a crime. Since he did not actually rob the bank, he should not be charged with bank robbery.


I also heard he told the teller ‘this isn’t a bank a robbery, I just would like some money, but do me a favor and ask them to investigate someone else’. So, duh, this whole thing was “perfect”. He could have even shot someone in the park n ride and the police would be powerless to arrest him.


Are you kidding?


Wake up dude!

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