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Police looking for clean-shaven bank robber

May 07, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

INWOOD, W.Va. - Police say the man who robbed the Jefferson Security Bank branch in Inwood Tuesday afternoon stopped at a car dealership first, shaved his beard and test drove a used car to the bank and back.

Around 1 p.m., a man wearing a pink hat and dark sunglasses, along with what is believed to be a long-haired wig, approached a teller at the bank, which is on U.S. 11 across from Musselman High School.

The robber did not say anything, but passed a note demanding that the teller give him $100, $50 and $20 bills. He also showed a handgun, said Lt. K.C. Bohrer with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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Several other people were inside the bank at the time. Some of the customers and other tellers realized a robbery was under way, Bohrer said.

After taking the cash, the robber left in a purple Ford Escort station wagon. Police started looking for that car, believing it was the getaway vehicle.

However, a man approached investigator Cpl. Dan McGown, and said a man at a used car lot in Bunker Hill, W.Va., had shaven his beard off in the bathroom of the car lot before taking a car for a test drive. The man told police he found that odd.

When police went to the dealership, they found the purple Escort. A witness confirmed it was the car driven from the bank, Bohrer said.

Investigators learned the man who test drove it was driving a red Ford Tempo. Police then began searching for that car, but were not able to track it down.

Police impounded the purple Escort, but Bohrer said Tuesday night that it had not yet been thoroughly searched. He said police have a suspect in mind.

The robber was described as a white man, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall who weighed around 215 pounds. He is believed to be balding, Bohrer said.

Bohrer declined to say how much money was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000, or the anonymous Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

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