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Hancock bank robbed at gunpoint

September 12, 1997

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

HANCOCK - A masked gunman robbed the Home Federal Savings Bank Thursday afternoon, marking the 16th bank robbery in the Tri-State area since last September, Maryland State Police said.

The robber entered the bank at about 2:25 p.m., displayed a silver handgun and demanded cash, Sgt. Greg Johnston said. He placed the money in a bookbag-like bag and ran out the west side, he said.

"He left on foot and we don't know what happened after that, frankly," Johnston said.

State police and the Hancock Police Department searched the area around the bank at 333 E. Main St. but came up empty, police said.

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The gunman picked a quiet time - there were no customers inside at the time, Johnston said. The man wore camouflaged clothing and was covered by a camouflaged mask, he said.

The robber did not fire a shot and did not harm any of the employees, Johnston said.

Police would not disclose how much money was stolen.

The robber is described as a white man, 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build. His weapon was a silver semiautomatic handgun, police said.

Anyone with information can call the Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101 or Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Since September 1996, the Tri-State area has averaged more than one bank robbery a month. The last occurred July 21 at the American Trust Bank on Virginia Avenue in Halfway.

Thursday's robbery was the eighth bank robbery in Washington County this year.

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