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Bank robbery suspect sought

November 29, 1998

HANCOCK - The man who robbed the Home Federal Savings Bank outside Hancock on Friday night was wearing a hooded white-face skeleton mask, according to Maryland State Police.

The suspect, dressed all in black and donning the mask, walked into the bank at 6:56 p.m., approached a teller and ordered her to put money into a cloth bag he had brought with him, according to Trooper 1st Class M.S. Potter.

After she complied, the robber ordered two other tellers to put money from their drawers into the bag, Potter said.

The entire incident lasted one minute, he said.

The man was last seen heading west on foot in the bank parking lot, Potter said.

State troopers, Hancock Police officers, a K-9 unit from the Allegany County Sheriff's Department and a Maryland State Police helicopter searched the area but were unable to locate the robber, he said.

There were five employees and no customers in the bank, at 333 E. Main St., at the time of the robbery, Potter said.

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No weapon was displayed, he said.

The amount of money taken is not being released at this time, Potter said.

A joint investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police and FBI, he said.

The suspect was described as a man in his early 20s, standing 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-5, with a very slender build, Potter said.

In addition to the hooded skeleton mask, he was wearing a black trench coat, black jeans, black gloves and light colored work boots.

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