Reporting Derek Valcourt
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ)– Bank robber busted. Police in Anne Arundel County say they’ve captured the person who robbed a Glen Burnie bank twice last month and tried to rob another bank Saturday.
Derek Valcourt has more on the lucky break that led police to the arrest.
It’s not your typical bank robbery suspect–she was a school bus driver.
Jamese Queen confessed to police she needed the money to pay her bills. Now the 47-year-old bus driver stands accused of robbing a bank twice.
“A bus driver? Crazy world,” said one.
“A lot of people are desperate nowadays so it’s really not surprising anymore,” said another.
Surveillance cameras captured the robbery images. Both times, police say she handed the teller a note demanding cash. The first time–on Sept. 13–a security dye pack in the money exploded as she left the bank. The second time–two weeks later–she handed the note to the same bank teller, adding, “No dye pack this time. I know when you come in. I know when you leave. Don’t draw attention to yourself.”
She drove away with cash in a black Hyundai.
Then, on Saturday, police say she tried it again at a different branch.
“And a very alert employee with the Bank of Glen Burnie jotted down the tag number and that was just the break we needed,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis.
Shortly after Saturday’s attempted robbery, an officer on routine patrol spotted that black Hyundai with its matching license plates in the parking lot of a Glen Burnie apartment complex. Inside one of the apartments, they found their suspect, Jamese Queen.
Her arrest is welcome news to bank managers.
“It was with great joy I got to tell the teller who was held up twice that we have apprehended the suspect and the relief and joy was something to see,” said Bank of Glen Burnie CEO Mike Livingston.
Investigators recovered some of the clothes they believe Queen was wearing during the robberies.
In all, there have been 14 bank robberies so far this year in Anne Arundel County. Police say they’ve now solved 13 of them.
Police say all of the bank robberies in Anne Arundel County this year have been committed by robbers passing notes demanding money.
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