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Press Release

Baltimore Bank Robber Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
Also Has a Previous Federal Bank Robbery Conviction

Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Arnold Threet, age 50, of Baltimore today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bank robbery.  Chief Judge Blake also ordered Threet to pay restitution of $8,935.         

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on July 5, 2013, Threet and another individual robbed the First Mariner Bank in the 9800 block of York Road in Cockeysville, Maryland.  Both robbers wore masks.  They entered the bank and yelled for the people inside to get down.  One of the robbers grabbed a teller, pushed what appeared to be a gun into her shoulder and ordered her to the ground. The other robber ordered another bank employee to walk from her desk toward him and get down on the ground.  He then ordered her to crawl back to her desk area.  The robbers stole $8,935.

A witness saw Threet in a parking lot near the bank and observed what appeared to be a black handgun in the waistband of Threet’s pants.  Police officers stopped Threet’s vehicle and he was arrested.  A search of the vehicle recovered the clothing, gloves and a pellet gun which are seen in the video of the bank robbery.  Threet admitted that he committed the robbery and knew that the pellet gun would be used during the robbery.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

Updated February 24, 2015