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Suspicious car seen at bank robbery scene

January 14, 1997

Two witnesses to the Jan. 10 robbery of the Home Federal Savings Bank Branch on the Dual Highway told Hagerstown City Police they saw a suspicious car parked behind the building just before closing that night.

"They described the car as a red or maroon Ford Taurus station wagon or possibly a Ford Escort," said Sgt. Rick Johnson.

The reason they noticed the vehicle, Johnson said, was because it was parked cockeyed in a parking space behind the building at 1700 Dual Highway near the intersection of Edgewood Drive.

Police described the gunman as white, about 25 years old, medium build, and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark, hooded sweatshirt, possibly green, at the time, police said.

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The robbery was reported at 6:45 p.m., authorities said. The bank lobby closes at 7 p.m., they said.

The suspect, who was armed with a "long-arm" weapon, made off with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The six tellers inside the bank were uninjured, police said. No shots were fired.

The suspect fled from a rear door and disappeared, police said.

Several cars were lined up at the bank's drive-through area at the time of the holdup and may have additional information to indicate whether the red vehicle was involved, police said.

Anyone with additional information can call 790-3700 and ask for Johnson at ext. 234.

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