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Man charged in second W.Va. bank robbery this week

November 01, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police quickly apprehended a man in the second bank robbery of the week in the Eastern Panhandle Wednesday after a witness saw him enter the bank along W.Va. 9 in Kearneysville, police said.

Edward Vernon Shoun, 26, of 745 Talley Ho Lane, Kearneysville was charged with armed robbery and was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $200,000 bond Thursday afternoon, said Jefferson County Court records.

A person who was outside the Bank of Charles Town at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and W.Va. 480 saw the man enter the bank at about 4:27 p.m., said a criminal complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper E.S. Fultz.

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It is believed the man displayed a small black handgun during the robbery, court records said.

After watching the man leave the bank, the witness followed his car to the Fox Glen subdivision along W.Va. 9, where he observed the man changing clothes, Fultz said.

Troopers, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies and other local police went to the area in an attempt to find the man, Fultz said.

Lt. Robbie Roberts of the Ranson Police Department spotted the suspect's car on Fox Glen Drive near the entrance to the subdivision, which is near the bank, Fultz said.

Conviction on an armed robbery charge carries a possible punishment of 10 to 20 years in prison, court records said.

Thursday's bank robbery was the second robbery of a local bank this week.

Citizens National Bank in Martinsburg was robbed Monday at 10:45 a.m., police said.

Jerry Vandevender II, 33, of Dunnview Drive in Martinsburg, was charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery in connection with that robbery, police said.

Vandevender was taken into custody Wednesday after Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies spotted a Mecury Mountaineer behind his home that matched the description of a car witnesses said the robber used.

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