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NationsBank branch robbed on Dual Highway

July 14, 1998

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

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Mayor visits NationsBankBy GUY FLETCHER / Staff Writer

A man who robbed a NationsBank commercial branch at the Venice Inn on Dual Highway Tuesday morning remained at large at 11 p.m., according to Hagerstown City Police.

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

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

The man left with an undisclosed amount of money, Graves said. He was last seen in the parking lot outside the Venice Inn on East Antietam Street, where he got into a black panel van with a ladder on the roof and a white temporary tag, police said.

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It was then that two red dye packs concealed with the money exploded, police said.

The explosion should have caused the man's clothing and exposed skin to be covered with red dye, police said.

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

The robber is described as a white male, between the ages of 28 and 30, and clean-shaven with dark, neatly trimmed hair. He is between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and was wearing a royal blue T-shirt with white lettering.

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

There were no injuries.

The bank 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 demanding 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.

Anyone with information can call the the city police Criminal Investigation Division or Detective Carroll E. Braun at 1-301-739-8577, extension 234.

Staff Writer Lisa Graybeal contributed to this story.

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