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W.Va. bank robbed

September 01, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A deputy was on the scene within a minute of a bank robbery Wednesday afternoon in Martinsburg but was not able to find the robber, police said.

Citizens National Bank, off Apple Harvest Drive by a Kmart store and a Food Lion grocery store, was robbed around 1:15 p.m., according to investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The robber walked into the bank alone and handed a note to a teller demanding money. He did not show a weapon, police said.

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Deputy G.W. Bradshaw Jr. was in the area and responded within a minute of the robbery, but the robber was gone. He was last seen walking toward U.S. 11, police said.

Nobody was hurt, police said.

More than 13 officers from the sheriff's department responded, along with FBI agents, as is protocol with a bank robbery. A K-9 also was brought to the scene, but was not able to track the robber's scent, police said.

The robber is described as a slender white man, around 6 feet 1 inch tall. He had short dark hair, and was unshaven and "scruffy," police said.

He wore a blue baseball cap, sunglasses, a black and red jacket that might have been leather, a white T-shirt, light blue jeans and white sneakers.

He had tattoos on both hands that were visible beneath latex gloves he wore and a tattoo on the side of his neck that went into his hairline, police said.

Anyone with information can call Capt. K.C. Bohrer at 304-267-7000 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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