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Two rob Hagerstown Trust Co.

July 21, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

MAUGANSVILLE - Two men robbed the Maugans Avenue branch of the Hagerstown Trust Co. Wednesday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police.

The heist, the third at a Hagerstown Trust branch this year, and the 11th since September 1996, was the first at the Maugans Avenue branch.

The robbers entered the 18201 Maugans Ave. bank at 12:35 p.m. One of the men approached a teller and handed her a bag with a note attached demanding money, while the other remained in the lobby, police said.

No weapon was displayed or implied, said Trooper Troy McDonough.

The men fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money, McDonough said.

Two other tellers were on duty at the time of the robbery but were not approached by the men, he said.

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No customers were in the bank, he said.

Dave Barnhart, Hagerstown Trust vice president of marketing, said Wednesday's robbery, like others at the bank's branches, have been "random acts." He said he doesn't believe Hagerstown Trust banks are more appealing to criminals than other lending institutions.

A photo of the robbers, snapped by a surveillance camera, was expected to be released today.

"I feel confident in the surveillance and heavy alarm systems in place. They performed well," said Barnhart.

The robber who approached the teller with the bag and note was described as a white man with a thin build and heavy facial stubble. He was described as being 5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall and was dressed in a white hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, dark sunglasses and white gloves, police said.

The man who remained in the lobby was described as having a dark complexion and a thin build. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt or jacket, sunglasses, dark hat and gloves.

McDonough said the two men left the bank in a gray Pontiac Grand Am and headed east on Maugans Avenue toward Interstate 81,

Maryland State Police officers, with the help of a helicopter, and the Washington County Sheriff's Department searched the area.

The Grand Am was found by a sheriff's deputy in the Washington Center parking lot at the intersection of Maugans and Pennsylvania avenues about one mile east of the bank.

It was towed to the State Police barracks to be examined for evidence, said McDonough.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were assisting in the investigation, he said.




Eleven Hagerstown Trust Co. branches have been robbed in the past 34 months:

  • Sept. 13, 1996 - Boonsboro
  • Nov. 13, 1996 - Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown
  • Dec. 12 , 1997- Prospect Avenue in Hagerstown
  • Feb. 7, 1997 - Boonsboro
  • Feb. 24, 1997 - West Side Avenue in Hagerstown
  • May 20, 1997 - Boonsboro
  • Oct. 23, 1997 - West Side Avenue
  • Oct. 7, 1998 - West Side Avenue
  • March 4, 1999 - Dual Highway
  • March 15, 1999 - West Side Avenue
  • July 21, 1999 - Maugansville
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