Police still searching for armed bank robber

May 02, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

INWOOD, W.Va. - An armed robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money during a robbery Wednesday afternoon at the F&M Bank near the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 51 in Inwood, police said.

The robber, who authorities say may have been a woman, entered the bank at about 3:05 p.m. wearing dark clothing and a hood, said Lt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The robber demanded money after walking inside, Bohrer said.

After obtaining the cash, the robber left the building and drove out of the bank's parking lot in what may have been a red Jeep with a cloth top, Bohrer said.


Investigators do not know which way the vehicle headed after leaving the parking lot, said Bohrer. It is believed the robber operated alone in the holdup, Bohrer said.

The robber was described as being about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, Bohrer said.

Police were investigating the robbery throughout the afternoon and were still working on the case at 10:30 p.m.

"We're tracking down leads as we speak," Bohrer said .

The sheriff's department informed other police departments in the area to be on the lookout for the car believed to be driven by the robber.

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown positioned cruisers on Interstate 81 thinking that may have been a getaway route for the robber, said Trooper Scott Bare.

A car was stopped on Interstate 70 east about 30 minutes after the holdup but it was not the robber's car, said Bare.

No one was hurt in the robbery, Bohrer said.

Sheriff's deputies are being assisted in the investigation by the FBI, Bohrer said.

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