- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2008

REGION

Imposter robberies involved 9, police say

Nine persons were involved in a pair of bank robberies last week in Wheaton and the District that centered around a robber disguised as an armored-vehicle guard, investigators said yesterday.

Six of the nine have been arrested, including Elizabeth Tarke, 40, of Olney, a worker at the BB&T; bank branch in Wheaton that was robbed Wednesday. The others are David Mbom, 38, of Catonsville; Phillippe Ngassa, 46, Ernest Yossa, 43, and Edmond Machie, 38, all of Silver Spring; and Robert Tataw.

Impostors dressed as armored-car guards robbed the BB&T; Bank and a Wachovia branch in the District the next day. Both robberies were discovered when the real security guards showed up for their regular pickups.

Investigators have not said which suspect was dressed as the security guard, but authorities said Mr. Mbom had a security-guard uniform and a receipt for it.

DISTRICT

Row house burns; cigarette blamed

Fire raced through a row house yesterday morning, destroying the home and damaging two others.

Fire department spokesman Alan Etter said firefighters responded to the blaze at about 4:30 a.m. on Kenyon Street Northwest. A firefighter sustained minor injuries from falling debris, and a 3-year-old was evaluated for smoke inhalation.

Mr. Etter said the blaze began on the first floor of the home when someone improperly discarded cigarettes. Damage is estimated at $150,000.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Drug dealer gets 11½ years

A Pocomoke City man was sentenced to 11½ years in federal prison on crack cocaine charges.

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