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Va. man indicted in 2003 bank robbery

February 17, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Winchester, Va., man charged with wearing a wig and using a car he was taking for a test drive to rob a bank in 2003 was indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury.

James Fairfax Wilson III, 36, of 207 N. Kent St., was indicted on one count of aggravated robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

The robbery happened on May 6, 2003, at the Jefferson Security Bank branch in Inwood, W.Va. A teller handed over $6,707, police said.

Police have said that the robber, who wore a pink ball cap, dark sunglasses and a long black wig, handed a teller a day planner or similar-type of notebook. A note was written demanding bills in denominations of $100, $50 and $20. The robber opened his jacket and showed the teller a handgun, police said.

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The robber placed the cash in the notebook and then left in a purple Ford Escort, police said.

Officers spotted a similar car at a used car dealership less than a mile from the bank. Employees there cooperated with police and said a stocky man had taken the Escort for a test drive before the robbery and returned it afterward, police said.

In the car dealership's bathroom, police found a "fairly large quantity" of hair wrapped in a coffee filter. Police said they believe the robber shaved his head or face just before the robbery.

Conviction on a charge of aggravated robbery carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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