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Feds take Gladhill into custody

July 24, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Austin Elmer Gladhill III has been taken into custody by the FBI on a federal warrant charging him with the July 14 robbery of the NationsBank commercial branch at the Venice Inn on Dual Highway.

On Thursday, Gladhill was in the custody of U.S. Marshals in Baltimore, according to FBI Agent Barry O'Neill. A first appearance before a federal magistrate is scheduled for today.

Gladhill, 23, of North Church Street, Waynesboro, Pa., also is being detained on outstanding warrants for a bad-check charge and failure to appear for a prior court date in Washington County.

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, Hagerstown City Police said.

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

The man, who left with an undisclosed amount of money, was last seen in the parking lot outside the Venice Inn on East Antietam Street.

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, O'Neill said.

There were no customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, police said. No one was injured.

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

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

No trial date has been set.

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