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Police looking for man who robbed Waynesboro bank

April 09, 2004|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A robber armed with a handgun entered a branch of the Citizens Bank of Southern Pennsylvania near the Waynesboro Mall Thursday morning and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash in what local police say is the first bank robbery in Waynesboro in many years.

Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz said the three employees in the bank at the time of the 10:29 a.m. robbery did not get a good look at the robber, whose head and face were covered with a hooded sweatshirt. Police said witnesses gave several different descriptions of the robber.

There were no injuries.

"To the best of our knowledge he is white," Shultz said.

"He showed a handgun and demanded money," he said. Police haven't determined if the gun was an automatic or a revolver.

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The robber left on foot, crossed East Main Street and ran north on Sunnyside Avenue, where several witnesses said they saw him get into "an SUV-type vehicle" and drive off, Shultz said.

Shultz said police don't know what color the vehicle was because of conflicting reports by eye witnesses.

Police from Washington Township and a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter aided in the search for the robber.

Two members of the Waynesboro Police Department interviewed people in nearby stores.

Yellow police tape ringed the bank building. The bank was closed for the rest of the day, police said. Employees in a Subway sandwich shop across from the bank said they didn't see anything.

Shultz, who has been a member of the police department for 21 years, said several local bank robberies have occurred over the years he has served, "but none real recently."

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