Robber hits bank today in Halfway

July 20, 1997


Staff Writer

Washington County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a robbery at the American Trust bank on Virginia Avenue this morning, said 1st Sgt. Doug Mullendore

The 17345 Virginia Ave. bank, formerly known as Washington County National Bank, was robbed around 9:10 a.m. by a white man in his 20s who fled on foot down Coffman Avenue, Mullendore said.

A witness outside the bank saw a man with a description similar to the bank robber get into a dark blue Chevrolet Caprice, which was stopped less than an hour later in Frederick by Frederick Police and Maryland State Police, Mullendore said.


Two men in the car were being held until sheriff's deputies could arrive to determine if they were involved in the robbery, he said. The car was stopped at the Shell Station on the Golden Mile.

The robber was described as about 5-foot-8 with a slim build, Mullendore said. He was wearing a blue baseball cap and sunglasses.

Mullendore said he did not know how much money was stolen from the bank.

The robber said he had a gun, but did not display it, according to Mullendore.

Bank Vice President Ed Hose said no one at the bank was hurt.

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