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Baltimore County Police Robbery detectives, in a cooperative effort with investigators from the Baltimore Police Department’s Citywide Robbery Unit, Anne Arundel Police Department, and the FBI Baltimore Field Office, announce the arrest of three suspects responsible for a lengthy series of armed commercial robberies across multiple jurisdictions over the last few months.

Baltimore County Police have linked the three suspects to at least 18 armed robberies committed in Baltimore County, beginning with the robbery of GameStop in the 6300 block of York Road, 21212 on November 28. These same suspects have been linked to at least 4 additional armed robberies in Anne Arundel County and at least 54 in Baltimore City, with additional robberies still under investigation.

The narrative is consistent across the majority of the robberies – masked suspects enter the business during the early evening hours wearing unique clothing, display handguns, and steal cash from the store register along with store merchandise.

This string of robberies ended the evening of March 1, 2019, when Baltimore County Robbery Unit detectives responded to a call for an armed robbery at a McDonald’s in the 6000 block of Liberty Road, 21207. Detectives located the suspect vehicle stopped at a gas station just inside Baltimore City in the 2000 block of N. Forest Park Avenue. Detectives approached the vehicle which had stopped at the gas pumps. The driver, Dontrell Glover, and a rear passenger, Milek Rankin, fled the vehicle on foot and, with the aid of K-9 and Aviation, both were apprehended. The third suspect, Marquis Moore, got into the driver seat of the suspect vehicle and fled.

Unmarked police units followed the suspect vehicle into Howard County where they lost sight of it, but eventually located it parked in the 10000 block of Daystar Court, 21044, and with the cooperation of the Howard County Police Department, were able to take the third suspect into custody.

The three suspects are identified as:

  • Dontrell Eric Glover (27) of the 1800 block of W. Saratoga Street, 21223
  • Milek Anton Rankin (25) of the 2500 block of Hollins Street, 21223
  • Marquis Davon Moore (32) of the 100 block of Thomas Guidera Circle, 21229

All three suspects have been charged with two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, and first degree assault, with additional charges pending additional investigation. All three suspects remain held on no bail status following bail review hearings yesterday.

Chief Terrence Sheridan acknowledged the hard work and dedication of members of all of the involved agencies put forth in this large-scale investigation. “When there are crimes committed across jurisdictions it takes serious commitment and cooperation from agencies to bring a successful conclusion to those investigations. That is exactly what we had in this case, which has brought an end to this crime spree and a sense of security back to our communities,” said Chief Sheridan.

Funding for this joint investigation was made possible in part by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention which funds the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network.

UPDATE (December 11, 2017 1:40 p.m.):

Police have charged Melvin McDougald (54) of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive, 21239 in yesterday's robbery of PNC Bank. He is charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, Theft, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Robbery.

McDougald entered the PNC Bank located inside Giant Food store at 6340 York Road, 21212 just after 1 p.m. He displayed a handgun and a note demanding money to the teller. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. Towson patrol officers, Robbery Detectives and members of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force responded to the scene in a cooperative investigative effort to obtain suspect information. They were able to determine that the suspect vehicle was a black GMC Yukon and disseminated that information across the County precincts.

Patrol officers canvassing the area located the possible suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from police through Baltimore County and into Carroll County, whose officers also assisted in the pursuit until the suspect led police back into Baltimore County. McDougald finally disabled the front right tire of the Yukon, bringing the pursuit to an end at Reisterstown Road and McDonogh Road. The FBI Violent Crime Task Force aided County officers on the ground and Maryland State Police Trooper 1 was on hand to assist in the air during the apprehension of McDougald.

McDougald was taken into custody without incident. The gun and cash were recovered inside his vehicle. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing tomorrow.

Original Release (December 10, 2017 5:14 p.m.):

A suspect is in custody following a bank robbery in Towson this afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m. officers responded to the PNC bank located in the 6300 block of York Road for a report of an armed bank robbery. As a result of investigation at the scene, officers were able to quickly develop suspect information. Police located and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, which began to flee from them. 

During the pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle became disabled as a result of driving off of the roadway. Police were able to arrest the suspect at just before 2:30 p.m. in the area of Reisterstown and McDonogh roads, located in the Owings Mills area. Both a gun and money were recovered at the point of apprehension. There were no injuries reported.

The Baltimore County Police Department, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Bank Robbery Unit and an FBI task force continue to investigate this incident.

UPDATE (September 27, 2016  11:47 a.m.):

The officer involved in the September 23 shooting of a Pikesville bank robbery suspect has been identified as Sergeant Bortner. He is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and is currently assigned to the Pikesville Precinct. He has not been involved in any prior shooting incidents. Sergeant Bortner is on administrative status, a standard procedure for officers involved in shootings.

All investigations related to this case remain ongoing. That includes the Homicide investigation and an internal review to ensure that BCoPD policies and procedures were followed.

The preliminary investigation indicates that an officer asked the driver of the suspect vehicle for his license. As the driver, Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr., reached for the license, the officer saw money and a second suspect -- Michael Eugene Stratton -- in the back seat. The officer pulled his service weapon and ordered the occupants of the car to show their hands.

Sergeant Bortner responded at this point to back up his fellow officer. Colvin, the driver, ignored multiple commands, accelerated quickly and drove the vehicle directly at Sergeant Bortner.

Updated Release 9/25/16 1:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the second man involved in the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Michael Eugene Stratton, 45, of the 500-block of West Presstman Street, 21217 has been charged with two counts of robbery. Stratton is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status. This suspect is believed to have been involved in several bank robberies in the Baltimore area during the month of September. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Below is the booking picture of Michael Eugene Stratton: 

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Updated Release 9/24/16 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the man who was killed during the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr, 33, of the 8400 blk Winands Rd, 21208, was pronounced deceased shortly after the incident. An officer fired his service weapon when the vehicle operated by Colvin drove towards the officer. Additional information will be released once it becomes available. 

Original Release 9/23/16 3:00 p.m.

A suspect who had just participated in a Pikesville bank robbery was fatally shot by police this afternoon as he and a second suspect fled the scene in a car.

Both suspects are male. The suspect who was fatally shot was driving the car. The second suspect -- believed by police to be the "Aviator" serial bank robber wanted by the FBI --  suffered non-life threatening injuries; charges against him are pending.

The robbery occurred at 1:08 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Information that the suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle was transmitted immediately to law enforcement. Officers shut down traffic in the area of Old Court and Falls roads in order to impede the suspects' flight along a likely escape route.

The investigation by the Homicide Unit is in its preliminary stages. This preliminary investigation indicates that officers were on foot on Old Court Road along the line of stopped traffic when a Ford Taurus traveling east on Old Court pulled out of the line of stopped traffic, crossed the center line and drove toward one of the officers. At about 1:20 p.m., as the vehicle was coming toward the officer, the officer fired into the front windshield of the car, striking the driver.

The car went through the intersection with Falls Road, continuing onto Ruxton Road and striking a civilian vehicle. This vehicle in turn struck a second civilian vehicle. No serious injuries are reported to the people in these vehicles.

The bank robbery was committed by passing a note, a common tactic among bank robbers. Police recovered money and bank property from the Taurus. Police have not recovered a weapon from the suspects or the suspect vehicle.

An administrative review is conducted for all police-involved shootings. The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative status, a standard procedure. BCoPD intends to release his last name about 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with its agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

In addition to the  Homicide investigation and the administrative review, the Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy.

There is body camera footage from a responding officer at this scene. This footage does not capture the shooting itself. The officer who fired his weapon was not equipped with a camera; BCoPD's body camera program launched in July, and to date about 100 of the more than 1,400 officers who eventually will wear them have been assigned cameras.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017