Event followed desperate event at a fast and furious pace yesterday in Forestville.

Prince George's County police gave these details:

First there was the bank robbery. Two men armed with handguns held up the First National Bank of Southern Maryland branch at Pennsylvania Avenue and Donnell Drive about 11:40 a.m. and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Then there was the criminal equaivalent of a pratfall. In their haste to get away, the robbers dropped the money. The wind started blowing it around the bank's parking lot.

Then the chase began. In pursuit was a deputy sheriff who was nearby and was told of the holdup by a bank customer.

Then there was the auto wreck, capture of suspect and firing gun. The chase concluded when the getaway car hit an auto carrying three District Heights high school students at Pennsylvania Avenue and Walter Lane about a quarter mile from the bank. No one was injured. One suspect, Woodrow J. Crawford, 27, of 1435 E St. NE. was apprehended and charged with bank robbery. A second suspect got away as the pursuing deputy sheriff fired three shots.

Then there was the punchline. Before bank officials and police could retrieve the money that had been scattered in the bank parking lot, a man driving past in a silver-colored Cadillac stopped, got out, scooped up a number of bills, got back in his car and sped off.