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Bank branch robbed again

March 15, 1999

 

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A "very tall" white man wearing a blue fleece jacket, yellow gloves and a dark hat, and blue jeans entered the bank around 9:25 a.m. and demanded money.

No weapon was displayed, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The man was last seen running southbound toward Bryan Place, police said.

Today's robbery was the second in Washington County this year and the 10th at a Hagerstown Trust Co. branch since Sept. 13, 1996.

Dave Barnhart, vice president of marketing for Hagerstown Trust could not be reached for comment.

He said previously that the Hagerstown Trust has excellent security and doesn't feel it's being targeted.

"We are concerned. But unfortunately there is no way to predict random criminal acts," he said.

The bank's Boonsboro branch has been hit three times and now the branch at West Side has been been robbed four times in that period.

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A branch at 19922 Jefferson Blvd., another at Prospect Avenue and one on the Dual Highway each have been robbed once, the latest on March 4.

In the March 4 robbery, a man entered the Dual Highway bank at 12:50 p.m. and demanded money, police said. He didn't display a weapon but implied that he had one.

The March 4 robber ran out the bank's back door and took off on foot toward the rear of Turner's Bowling Lanes, police said.

He was described as a white man, 6 feet 5 inches tall, with brown eyes.

He was wearing a tan and green poncho, blue jeans, a green scarf, white gloves and white shoes that may have been running shoes, police said.

A hooded shirt under the poncho was pulled up around the man's face, hiding all but his eyes, police said March 4.

Despite the similar descriptions of the suspects in the Monday's and the March 4 bank robberies Hagerstown City Police won't say if they are the same man.

"Unfortunately we're not sure. It's always a possiblity," said Detective George Brandt.

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