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Gunman robs Dual Highway bank today

July 14, 1998

Hagerstown Police are searching for a man who robbed a NationsBank commercial branch at the Venice Inn on Dual HIghway this morning.

At 9:12 a.m., a white man entered the bank branch and handed the teller a note demanding money and advising he had a handugn, Sgt. Ronald Graves of the City Police said.

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The teller also thought she saw a small handgun, Graves said.

The suspect then left with an undisclosed amount of money, Graves said. He was last seen in the parking lot outside the Venice Inn, where he entered a dark brown panel van with a ladder on top. The van is believed to have cardboard temporary tags, Graves said.

Police searched the area immediately following the robbery but were unable to find the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male, clean-shaven with neatly trimmed hair. He is between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall and was wearing a royal blue T-shirt with white lettering.

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There were no other customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, Graves said.

The robbery is at least the third in Washington County this year.

On May 14, the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust branch on 1625 Dual Highway was held up by a man who handed the teller a note demaning money. No weapon was displayed.

On June 18, the Farmers and Merchants branch at 22940 Jefferson Blvd. in Smithsburg was robbed by an unarmed man. A Waynesboro, Pa., man called 911 about 30 minutes later and told the police he did it.

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