Frederick police have released new details in the case of a man who wore a costume-style mask and demanded employees place cash in an orange plastic pumpkin bucket during a bank robbery on Halloween.
Police were alerted to the robbery at 4:42 p.m. Oct. 31 and rushed to the M&T Bank branch in the 900 block of West Seventh Street, according to previous stories published in The Frederick News-Post. The robber left before officers arrived, but bank employees and witnesses told them that the man had entered the bank wearing a black and white, costume-style mask under a hood, approached one of the tellers and passed them a note demanding the teller place cash in an orange bucket the robber had brought with him, said acting Lt. Andrew Alcorn, who commands the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Alcorn could not confirm what the mask was due to the quality of the surveillance footage, but he did confirm that the bucket the man had was the kind traditionally used by children on Halloween.
“And no, the note did not say anything about Halloween like ‘trick or treat’ or anything like that,” Alcorn added.
No weapon was mentioned or displayed during the robbery and no one was injured in the brief exchange, according to previous accounts related to The News-Post. The man was last seen running west on West Seventh Street near Fairview Center, Alcorn said.
According to witness accounts provided to police, as well as a review of the surveillance footage from the bank, the man stood about 6 feet tall and weighed roughly 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue and white checkered or flannel shirt with a blue hooded sweatshirt underneath, work boots and blue jeans. As for the mask, Alcorn said it was described by witnesses as made of cloth, not hard plastic.
The mask appeared to be black with a white or lighter-color design on it, based on the footage obtained by police, so detectives were hoping someone might recognize the mask or the robber and will report him to police.
“We’re just looking for anybody who saw anything out of the ordinary in the area at the time or anyone who can help us figure out who this person was,” Alcorn said.
Anyone who has any information regarding the robbery or the identity of the robber was asked to call either Detective Anthony McPeak at 240-578-6584 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 301-600-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be sent anonymously via text to 240-674-8477 (TIPS) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.