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A career bank robber with a fitting nickname is back in custody in Maryland after being busted in Montgomery County going to the well one too many times, authorities announced.

Frederick resident Steven Gregory Gass - also known as "Old Man Bandit" who has an extensive history of bank robberies spanning 45 years was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob the Wells Fargo Bank on North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.

The 67-year-old’s history dates back to Montgomery County in 1977, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

In 2010, Gass pleaded guilty to robbing 19 banks between 2008 and 2009 in Florida. He was granted a compassionate release from prison in 2019 for medical reasons and moved back to Maryland, where he fell back into old trappings while living with his elderly parents.

On Thursday, July 14, Montgomery County Police and Gaithersburg City police officers responded to a call for an attempted bank robbery at the Wells Fargo branch in the 600 block of North Frederick Avenue, officials said.

In that latest instance, investigators said that a man - later identified as Gass - wore a light-colored fisherman’s hat, sunglasses, and a large face mask and approached a bank teller.

He allegedly handed the teller a handwritten note announcing the robbery. When the teller walked away, another bank employee hit the silent alarm to alert the police.

Gass proceeded to leave the bank without taking any cash.

The investigation led police to Gass, who was seen leaving the area of North Frederick Avenue in a black two-door Honda Civic on the day of the attempted robbery. Officials said that he was followed to a Park-and-Ride on Route 80 near the I-287 exit ramp, where he was approached by officers and arrested without incident.

During the investigation, Gass was also linked to a June bank robbery on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. He is also accused of robbing another bank in Baltimore County.

On Sunday, July 21, Montgomery and Baltimore County Police served a residential search warrant on Gass's parents’ home in Frederick, investigators said, leading to the seizure of evidence tying him to the robberies.

Gass is currently being held at the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit without bond on the two Montgomery County cases, and Baltimore County has obtained an arrest warrant, charging him with one count of robbery.

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Maryland State Police Arrest Man On Child Pornography Charges In Prince George’s County

A Maryland man is facing a host of charges after being busted by state police and Homeland Security investigators with child porn on multiple devices in Prince George’s County, authorities announced.

Hyattsville resident Erlyn Matta Jimenez was arrested by investigators, state police announced on Tuesday, Aug. 16, charging him with seven counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Jimenez’s arrest came following an investigation that was launched in July by the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Beginning in July this year, the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into the distribution and possession of child pornography online.

At about 9:20 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, Maryland State Police, along with Homeland Security Investigations, served a search warrant at Jimenez’s home, officials said.

A preliminary forensic review of his electronic devices revealed multiple child pornography files, they said, and he was arrested at the scene.

Jimenez is being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Center without bail.

The investigation is ongoing.

“The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,” according to officials. “This is a combined law enforcement effort involving police departments across Maryland that is made possible in part due to grant funds provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services and by a federal grant from the US Department of Justice.

“Task force investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children.” 

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