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Crime Scene: 1920

Crime Scene: 1920

1920. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Sandy Spring Bank Robbery." The First National Bank in Sandy Spring, where on April 26, 1920, seven armed robbers killed one employee, locked the rest in the vault and made off with $5,000 in cash and securities. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Too Many Indians

$5,000 divided by seven is roughy $714 each which bought more in 1920 than it does now.

Still There

Sandy Spring Bank is still in business with some thirty branches from Annapolis into No. Va., including the building seen here. I haven't been in, but I suspect security arrangements have been improved somewhat.


You just don't see many tires inside a Bank these days unless they're attached to a car. I wonder if they were collateral?

[Or rubber checks. - Dave]

Still there and still a bank

Sandy Spring is still an independent bank and that original building in use as a bank here is the streetview

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And here's a site for some history about the bank and Sandy Spring.

A Future President Spotted

The white flyer posted above the chair on the left wall notes one Herbert Hoover will be speaking at the Swarthmore College commencement.


1920: Employee Frank Hallowell was shot and killed when bank robbers entered the bank, locked all employees in the vault and escaped with $36,000. Gov. Albert Ritchie subsequently organized the Maryland State Police in December 1920.

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