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Charges filed in bank robbery

September 09, 1997

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

Hagerstown police officers and FBI agents searched a Hagerstown trailer home Monday and arrested a man in connection with a bank robbery that occurred in January, officials said.

Anthony J. Lombardi, 34, of Crossfield Road, faces federal bank robbery charges. He was jailed without bond Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center pending a hearing this morning in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, according to FBI Special Agent Barry O'Neill.

Officers searched Lombardi's home Monday morning and arrested him afterwards, O'Neill said. He said money from the robbery was not found and declined to comment on other evidence.

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O'Neill said officials have been investigating Lombardi as a possible suspect for some time.

Lombardi's arrest stems from the Jan. 10 robbery of the Home Federal Savings Bank branch on Dual Highway.

A masked man displayed a "long-armed weapon" at about 6:45 p.m. just before closing time, according to police reports.

After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the robber tripped and fell after vaulting over one of the counters in the bank, police said. He fled from a rear door and disappeared.

No one was injured during the heist and no shots were fired, according to police reports.

O'Neill would not comment on how investigators developed Lombardi as a suspect. He said officials expect no more arrests in the case.

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