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Bank in Shady Grove robbed

January 24, 2001

Bank in Shady Grove robbed



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


SHADY GROVE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police, using a helicopter and a police dog, were searching for one man and a possible accomplice following a robbery early Wednesday afternoon of a branch bank in Shady Grove.

There were no injuries in the armed robbery, according to State Police Cpl. R. Leidigh.

It was the second time the bank was robbed in the last 18 months.

Police said a male entered a branch of the First National Bank of Greencastle at 1574 Buchanan Trail East around 1:30 p.m., displayed a handgun, demanded and got an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled east on foot through the snow across a field to what police think may have been a white Chevrolet Chevette compact car. An accomplice may have been waiting in the vehicle, police said, after talking with a witness who observed the scene.

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Police described the suspect as a male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall wearing new blue jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt with a grey hood, a dark-colored vest, blue jeans and brown suede shoes. The jeans and shoes appeared to be new, police said.

He was also wearing a black ski mask, possibly sunglasses, and gloves, police said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter was aiding in the search Wednesday afternoon as police cruisers converged on area roads. A Waynesboro Police Department police dog tracked the suspect's footprints from the bank to where police saw tire tracks in the snow, Leidigh said.

The Shady Grove branch was robbed on the afternoon of May 7, 1998, by a lone gunman who demanded that a teller fill a bag with money.

Anyone with information concerning Wednesday's robbery in Shady Grove is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161.

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