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The bank robber had a method that appeared to work: he walked into PNC banks in Montgomery County with a note demanding cash, took the money from tellers, and fled.

But days later, after pulling a similar tactic in Washington D.C., a 47-year-old man found himself in police custody, charged with three bank robberies.

According to Metropolitan Police, Leonard Forrest was arrested after robbing a PNC bank on the 7600 block of Georgia Ave. NW on Dec. 6.

On Wednesday, Montgomery County police identified Forrest, of Schuylkill Road in Rockville as the man they believe committed the two Montgomery bank robberies, the first of which took place on Dec. 2 at a PNC Bank in a Giant Foods grocery store in Rockville and another which took place on Dec. 4 at a PNC bank in Bethesda on Old Georgetown Road.

Surveillance cameras filmed the robber, dressed in a puffy red jacket, a black beanie, sunglasses and a thick beard.

In a photo accompanying a statement about his arrest, Forrest was pictured wearing glasses and sporting a closely-cropped goatee.

In one of the Montgomery County robberies, he implied he had a gun, but did not display one — a tactic D.C. police say he is accused of using in the Dec. 6 robbery.

Metropolitan Police notified Montgomery detectives after arresting Forrest, which enabled investigators to link him to the Montgomery robberies, according to a statement regarding his apprehension.

According to the statement, Forrest is still in custody in D.C. Online court records show that he is being held there without bail and that he has been charged with robbery there. Andrew Crespo, his public defender in D.C., was not immediately available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

He will be served with an arrest warrant here after D.C. authorities return him to Montgomery County, according to county police. Authorities have charged him in Montgomery County with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to online court records.

sjbsmith@gazette.net