Ocean City Today

Federal charges filed in case against alleged bank robber

By Katie Tabeling | Jul 20, 2017
Tyrone Pierce

(July 21, 2017) The local prosecution of alleged bank robber Tyrone D. Pierce has been put on hold, while federal authorities pursue their case against the Ocean City resident accused of sticking up a north Ocean City bank last August.

Last month, State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby told the Worcester County Circuit Court he wished to stop the local proceedings in favor of the federal case.

Pierce, 59, pled not guilty to armed bank robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on June 23.

According to charging documents, Pierce allegedly stole $9,169 from the bank.

Pierce, also known as Tyrone S. Sabr, was arrested earlier this year after the Maryland State Police Crime Lab linked his DNA to the crime.

The robbery occurred on Aug. 24, 2016, when a man entered the Bank of Ocean City on 122nd Street, threatened the bank tellers with a gun and told tellers to empty the cash drawers.

Witnesses described the robber as a light-skinned or African-American man in his late 20s or early 30s wearing a floppy hat and a fake beard. He was said to be approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.

Ocean City Police investigated the robbery of the bank branch, which has since been closed. Crime scene technicians processed the crime scene and sent evidence to the State Police.

In late January, Maryland State Police said Pierce’s DNA was found at the scene after linking it to a sample collected in 2001 when he was convicted of a bank robbery in Wicomico County.

Detectives arrested Pierce without incident at his residence in the 10300 block of Coastal Highway on Jan. 24.


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