Police, employees foil Hebron Bank robbery

Clarence Ward Jr.

CAMBRIDGE — Bank employees’ quick thinking under pressure and police officers’ fast responses led to the arrest Thursday of two men in connection with a robbery of Hebron Savings Bank.

A report from Cambridge Police Department (CPD) Captain Justin Todd said at approximately 3:40 p.m., CPD officers responded to Hebron Savings Bank at 2801 Ocean Gateway in reference to a robbery. Upon arrival, officers were advised by employees that a male subject had walked into the bank acting in a suspicious manner.

The male subject walked up the teller and passed a note that demanded money, Captain Todd’s report said on Friday. A undisclosed amount of cash was handed over to the suspect, at which time he demanded the note back and fled from the bank.
Surveillance footage was able to be quickly obtained at which time officers were able to send the vehicle description to surrounding agencies.
A GPS locator pack was also placed in the envelope given to the suspect by bank employees. This led to the direction of travel of the suspect before the GPS locator lost its signal.

A short time later the vehicle was located near Vienna. The driver, identified as William Ward Jr., 29 of Princess Anne, and passenger Clarence Ward Jr., 27 of Crisfield were placed in custody without incident. “Clarence Ward Jr. confessed to being the subject that entered the bank,” Capt. Todd’s statement said.

“If it were not for the quick thinking of the brave bank employees, along with the quick response by officers and allied agencies working together, these two subjects would not have been located as quickly as they were,” Capt. Todd said in a message to the Dorchester Banner.

William Ward Jr. and Clarence Ward Jr. were charged with robbery and other related offenses and are being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center.