Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Four face federal charges for bank heist

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Four people have been charged in federal court in connection with a Wheaton bank theft during which a man pretended to be an armored carrier guard and walked out with more than $500,000.

Elizabeth K. Tarke, 40, of Olney; David P. Mbom, 38, of Catonsville; and Robert T. Tataw, 42, and Ernest Njinte Yossa, 43, both of Silver Spring, were charged Jan. 29 with conspiracy to steal $574,500 from a BB&T Bank a 11501 Georgia Ave., in Wheaton Jan. 9.

The defendants will have their initial appearance in court Friday.

The theft occurred when a man wearing posing as an armored guard with AT Systems picked up a bag of money from Tarke, who worked as a teller at the BB&T Bank, according to documents filed in Montgomery County District Court. The theft was discovered the next day when the real AT Systems guard came for his scheduled pick-up of the money.