Arrest Made In Last Summer’s OC Bank Armed Robbery

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) detectives last week arrested an Ocean City man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a north-end bank after DNA connected him to the August incident.

Around 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2016, a suspect entered the Bank of Ocean City branch at 122nd Street and demanded money, threatening two employees at gunpoint. The suspect then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division Major Crimes Unit detectives responded to investigate the robbery of the bank branch, which has since closed.

Tyrone Pierce

Tyrone Pierce

Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene and submitted evidence to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. Last Monday, OCPD detectives received word from the crime lab that the DNA profile of Tyrone D. Pierce, also known as Tyrone S. Sabr, 59, of Ocean City, was located at the bank robbery scene. Pierce’s DNA sample was collected in 2001 after he was convicted of bank robbery in Wicomico County.

Last Thursday, OCPD detectives located Pierce at his residence in the 10300 block of Coastal Highway and he was arrested without incident. Pierce has been charged with armed robbery, theft of less than $10,000, illegal possession of a firearm and the use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was transferred to the Worcester County Jail where he is being held without bond.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.