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Hedgesville bank robbed of $2,000

January 12, 2000

OVBank robbedBy DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town




HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A One Valley Bank branch in Hedgesville was robbed of $2,000 Wednesday morning when a man handed a teller a note demanding cash, according to West Virginia State Police.

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The robber, wearing dark sunglasses and his hair pulled back in a ponytail, walked into the bank at W.Va. 9 and W.Va. 901 about 9:13 a.m., said Senior Trooper D.M. Olack.

The note the man handed to the teller read: "This is a holdup. I have a gun. Give me $2,000," Olack said.

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The teller gave the man $2,000 and he "casually walked out of the bank," Olack said.

Investigators believe the man walked to nearby Spring Street and climbed into a car, Olack said.

Although the robber had not been captured as of Wednesday night, investigators were encouraged that the bank's security cameras captured a clear photograph of the man.

The photograph shows the man leaning over the counter while the teller reads a note.

There is also video footage of the man, Olack said.

No one was injured in the hold-up, Olack said. Although the man said he had a gun, no weapon was displayed, he said.

The robber was described as about 5 feet, 3 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing between 130 and 160 pounds. He had a thin build, a full beard and was wearing jeans and a jean jacket, according to Olack.

Two business owners near the bank said they were not familiar with anyone matching the description of the man, leading some to believe he may not be from the area.

"In a little town like this, you pretty much know everyone's comings and goings," said Bob Paugh, who owns Sunshine Shirts across from the bank.

Paugh said he saw suspicious activity around the bank about the time the robbery occurred, but did not think anything about it initially.

Paugh said he had just finished a telephone conversation in his shop when he looked out the window and saw a man coming out the front door of the bank.

Although police said the man walked calmly out the door, Paugh said he started running up W.Va. 901 toward Hedgesville Middle School.

"He was hauling," Paugh said.

It was the second robbery of a One Valley Bank branch in the Eastern Panhandle in a little less than two months, but police said they have no reason to believe they are related.

On Nov. 17, a man wearing a ski mask walked into a One Valley Bank branch on U.S. 340 just north of Charles Town and asked for money, state police said.

Police would not say whether a gun was used in the robbery.

An undisclosed amount of cash was given to the man and he ran out the front door, state 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, police said.

No arrests have been made in the robbery.

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