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Police seek man who robbed W.Va. bank

September 10, 2005|By Candice Bosely

INWOOD, W.Va.

A man wearing a mask and carrying a gun robbed the Jefferson Security Bank branch in Inwood Friday and managed to evade police, who stopped all traffic at a nearby intersection to try to find him, police said.

The bank, on U.S. 11 across from Musselman High School, was robbed around 5 p.m. by a man wearing a red and yellow mask, possibly for a National Football League team, Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith said.

The robber is described as a white man with a slender build, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, Smith said.

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A bank employee walked out of the bank after the robbery and saw a possible getaway car, but Smith said he did not want to release any information about the car.

Smith stopped all traffic at the intersection of W.Va. 51 and U.S. 11 north of the bank, but deputies did not find the robber.

The man made a verbal demand for cash, showed a gun and made away with an undisclosed amount of money. Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Willie Johnson is the lead investigator.

An FBI agent also was summoned to the scene, which is required for bank robberies.

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