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Armed man wearing Halloween mask robs Pa. bank

June 17, 2003|by DON AINES

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - A man wearing what Pennsylvania State Police described as a Halloween mask robbed the Shady Grove branch of The First National Bank of Greencastle (Pa.) at 1574 Buchanan Trail East Monday afternoon.

Police said a white male between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall entered the bank at 2:30 p.m., displayed a weapon, demanded cash from the tellers and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Trooper Gary Carter said there were no shots fired and no one was injured during the holdup. An ambulance was called as a precaution to check on one of the tellers, who is pregnant, he said.

There were three employees in the bank, but no customers, Carter said.

The only other description of the man was that he had a medium build and was wearing baggy clothing, according to the police report. No one saw whether the man had a vehicle waiting nearby, Carter said.

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Almost two hours after the robbery, police had not entered the bank and had called in the bomb squad, Carter said.

"There's something in there we need to look at," Carter said without elaborating further.

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