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Blonde-Wigged Bandit Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Howard County Bank

The suspect is also accused of leading police on a chase on Interstate 70 and Route 32 after Tuesday's robbery.

An Anne Arundel County man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly robbing a bank in Lisbon and leading police on a chase down area highways, according to the Howard County Police Department.

Dallas Kenneth Jacobs, 44, of 7422 Hawkings Drive in Hanover, has been charged with robbery, theft, fleeing and eluding and other counts related to the chase, police said.

He is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $75,000 bond.

Jacobs is accused of robbing the Sandy Spring Bank in the 700 block of Lisbon Center Drive.

Police were called there at about 10:55 a.m. Bank employees told officers that a man had come inside, walked up to a teller and displayed a note demanding cash. He did not show a weapon, nor did he imply that he had one, police said.

The man left the bank after the teller gave him cash. Bank employees followed him to the parking lot and got a look at the vehicle he was driving – a bright yellow 2009 Jeep Wrangler-- according to police.

Police also received a description of the suspect: a man wearing a red hat, a long blonde wig, a leather jacket and jeans.

Officers waiting on Interstate 70 then spotted a vehicle matching the description. The Jeep Wrangler was headed east, and the police signaled the car to pull over. But the driver didn't stop, instead leading officers onto eastbound Route 32, police said.

A little bit later the vehicle did stop, and police arrested the man without incident.

Officers searched Jacobs' car and found an envelope with cash from the bank in it, as well as the clothing that bank employees had described, police said.

Jill Berry March 02, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Good report. I arrived at the bank close to 11:15. The bank was closed. Three police cars were outside the bank. I saw a sign on the door that the bank was closed. I was at the bank today. The bank employees seem shaken up by the event. The manager told me she was proud of the way her staff handled the incident.
Alicyn DelZoppo March 02, 2011 at 07:58 PM
My friend was headed on 32 West around that time and saw the Jeep Wrangler speeding out of control. He saw the police throw spikes down on the road and block off all areas so that he could not go anywhere.
Brian Hooks (Editor) March 02, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Wow! That sounds exciting/scary!!
Maureen O'Donnell March 03, 2011 at 12:04 AM
A bright yellow jeep: worst getaway car ever. Good thing no one was hurt in the robbery or the chase.

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