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Woman charged in Inwood bank robbery

May 03, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman was charged with aggravated robbery of a bank after turning herself in at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Thursday morning.

Diana Lynn Barrow, 39, of 568 Torytown Road, Bunker Hill, was charged in the Wednesday afternoon armed robbery of the F&M Bank in Inwood.

Barrow was being held on $100,000 bond, Magistrate Carlton DeHaven said.

According to police reports, the robber entered the bank at around 3:05 p.m. carrying a .38-caliber handgun and wearing a camouflage-netted hood with a black bandanna covering her head and face, a blue zippered jacket, blue pants, and white/cream knit gloves.

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Police said the robber ordered the employees and customers of the bank to get down on the floor and then told an employee to place money into a green zippered bag.

Police said $9,422 was put into the bag.

The robber drove away in a red Jeep Wrangler, according to police reports.

Sheriff Randy Smith said police officers and local FBI agents looked for the vehicle until about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when information was obtained that a red Jeep with a "For Sale" sign in its window sitting in a yard was the alleged vehicle used.

The vehicle was connected to Barrow, he said.

When asked, Barrow gave her consent to law enforcement officers to search a van registered to her, her residence, and a 1992 red Jeep Wrangler, police said.

Police found cash, a .38-caliber handgun, and clothing articles that fit the description of those worn by the robber, police reports alleged.

An additional $3,995 in cash, a black bandanna, and white/cream knit gloves were given to police Thursday morning, they alleged.

A conviction on a felony charge of aggravated robbery of a bank carries a penalty of between 10 and 20 years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, DeHaven said.

Staff writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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