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One Valley Bank robbed in Charles Town

November 18, 1999

One Valley Bank robbedBy DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer




CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man wearing a ski mask robbed a One Valley Bank branch along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town Thursday morning, according to West Virginia State Police.

At around the time of the robbery, a woman who had just left the Shenandoah Lanes bowling alley next door to the bank looked up and saw a man running across the field.

The man fell in some weeds, got up and started running again, an employee of the bowling alley said.

About a dozen police officers took up positions in the area around the bank in an attempt to catch the robber but were unsuccessful, said Trooper Monte Williams.

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Officers were stationed around the field behind the bank and in various other spots, including along Cattail Road and Marlow Road, police said.

A bag that appeared to contain money was later found burned near the W.Va. 9 bridge that crosses the Shenandoah River near Bloomery, according to Trooper Kevin Pansch.

Pansch would not comment further on the contents of the bag or how it might be related to the incident.

The robber entered the bank about 11:20 a.m. and asked for money, Williams said. Williams would not say whether he had a weapon.

"Nobody in there got hurt," Williams said.

An undisclosed amount of money was given to the man and he ran out the front door, Williams said.

It is unclear how the man arrived at the bank, which is next to Alex Chevrolet, Williams said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter hovered over the bank trying to find the robber while police surrounded the area. A dog from the state police barracks in Martinsburg was taken to the bank to search for a scent, according to Williams.

Police left their positions along the perimeter about 12:45 p.m. according to Williams.

The robber was described as a white man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing jeans and a heavy shirt or jacket.

One Valley Bank officials declined to say how much money was taken in the robbery.

"I can just confirm that there was a robbery and that's about it at this point," said Donald Davis, vice president and security officer for the bank, which has five locations in Jefferson and Berkeley counties.

The robbery was the second at the bank in seven years.

On April 24, 1992, two men dressed in camouflage clothing jumped over a counter inside the bank and stole $2,900, said Jesse Jones, chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department.

The two, who were sentenced to prison for the robbery, were caught after they crossed U.S. 340, Jones said.

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