Cumberland Times-News

July 12, 2013

Police nab M&T suspect

Cumberland man, 30, arrested in connection with robbery

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A 30-year-old Cumberland man was arrested in connection with the robbery of M&T Bank on West Industrial Boulevard shortly after noon on Friday.

Police arrested William Morgan Stewart of Creek Road and charged him with robbery, theft and assault. Stewart was being held without bond at the Allegany County Dentention Center, according to C3I investigators.

Police said Stewart approached the first teller’s window he came to and produced a handwritten note demanding cash. The bank employee complied with the suspect’s request and handed him an undisclosed amount of cash.

Stewart allegedly took the cash, exited the rear door and was last seen fleeing on foot toward Oldtown Road.

Officers from the Cumberland Police, with assistance from the Maryland State Police, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police helicopter, Trooper 5, conducted a search of the area, but were unable to locate the suspect at the time of the crime, which was reported at approximately 12:15 p.m.

C3I and the FBI responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The scene was processed by an evidence collection technician with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.

During the initial stages, investigators learned that the suspect allegedly entered the First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union branch office on Industrial Boulevard earlier that morning and was acting in a suspicious manner.

When asked for identification, the suspect left the credit union and did not return, police said. He was last seen crossing Industrial Boulevard on foot to Messick Road.

Investigators compared surveillance video and pictures from both locations and were able to determine that the same suspect had entered both locations, said police. Investigators were able to obtain additional information that led to the identification of the suspect.

Police obtained a search warrant for Stewart’s residence on Creek Road, and an arrest warrant for him.

The search warrant was executed by C3I investigators with the assistance of the Cumberland Police CERT Team, who made entry into the residence, the Cumberland Police, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the C3I Narcotics Task Force, and the FBI.

Investigators reportedly recovered numerous items of evidence and an undisclosed sum of cash.

Stewart was apparently able to remove the clothing he was wearing during the robbery and discard it prior to arriving at his residence, police said.

Investigators are asking anyone who may find any of the suspect’s discarded items to contact Cumberland Police at 301-777-1600 or C3I at 301-777-0326.

Anyone who may have any information about the incident is also being asked to contact the Cumberland Police or C3I.

If callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call the Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to a conviction in this case.