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W.Va. police issue warrant in bank robbery

December 08, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the woman they allege robbed a Martinsburg bank Monday by telling a bank employee that she had an explosive device.

The warrant was issued charging Kerri Lynn Davis, 30, of Winchester, Va., with one count of bank robbery, according to Martinsburg Police Department Detective Sgt. George Swartwood.

Police are still trying to find Davis, who is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 175 pounds.

The robbery happened about 1:30 p.m. at First United Bank on Foxcroft Avenue, near Interstate 81.

The woman who robbed the bank backed into a parking space in front of the bank, walked in and handed a teller a note demanding money. The woman's note also claimed that she had an explosive device, police said.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the woman left in an older model Buick sedan with large rust spots on its roof and trunk.

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Within hours of the robbery, police identified the woman and went to Winchester to try to find her. They found her car at a Winchester home, but did not find her, police said.

The FBI, Winchester Police Department and Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation.

Anyone with information about Davis' whereabouts may call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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