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Police log

December 04, 1998

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of the man who robbed the Home Federal Savings Bank in Hancock last Friday.

FBI Agent Greg Stevens said the Maryland Association for Bank Security has posted the reward. Crime Solvers of Washington County is also offering a reward.

The robber entered the bank at 333 E. Main St. in Hancock shortly before 7 p.m. on Nov. 27.

He was a white man, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a slender build. He was wearing a black trench coat, dark trousers, dark boots and gloves.

The robber also was wearing a Halloween-type white skeleton mask.

The robber approached a teller and ordered her to put money into a cloth bag, according to Trooper 1st Class Mike Potter of the Maryland State Police.

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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.

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 the time of the robbery, Potter said.

No weapon was displayed, he said. The amount of money taken was not released.




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a second man with a strong-armed robbery Sunday night at the Wal-Mart store in Guilford Township.

Randy Edward Beecher Jr., 19, of 7263 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Pa., was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy in connection with the 9:40 p.m. robbery outside the store at 1730 Lincoln Way East.

Robert Lee Suders Jr., 18, 106 Meadow Drive, Shippensburg, Pa., was arraigned on identical charges after he was taken into custody Tuesday following a pursuit that ended with the crash of a stolen car.

Police reports said Kim Smith, 36, and Brenda Hege, 46, both of Chambersburg, were approached from behind by two men and pushed to the ground in the Sunday incident.

Smith's nose was broken, and her purse, containing $11 and credit cards, was stolen.

Suders and Beecher are scheduled for preliminary hearings on the charges on Dec. 10 before District Justice Gary Carter. Both were being held Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bond at Franklin County Prison.

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