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Feds issue warrant for robbery suspect

July 22, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A federal warrant has been issued for Austin Elmer Gladhill III in connection with the July 14 robbery of the NationsBank commercial branch at the Venice Inn on Dual Highway.

Police last week began looking for Gladhill, 23, of North Church Street, Waynesboro, Pa., on outstanding warrants on a bad check charge and failure to appear for a court date in Washington County.

That investigation led to the bank robbery charges, police said.

Gladhill is described as white, 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

At 9:12 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 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 Hagerstown 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.

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Two red dye packs exploded in his hands, police said.

At that point, the man got into a black panel van with a ladder on the roof and a white temporary tag, police said.

Police searched the area immediately after the robbery to no avail.

That van was later found by police in Waynesboro, FBI Agent Barry O'Neill said.

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

Most of the money was recovered, O'Neill said.

Conviction on the bank robbery charge could result in a prison sentence of up to 25 years, O'Neill said.

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