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Two area M&T banks robbed Friday

March 25, 2006|By PEPPER BALLARD

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Two M&T Bank branches in Hancock and Clear Spring were robbed Friday within more than three hours of each other, but appear unrelated, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Ryan Shifflet said.

The M&T branch at 279 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Hancock was robbed at gunpoint Friday about 2 p.m. by a white man who was wearing a tan baseball cap and sunglasses, Hancock Police Department Chief Steven McCarty said.

About 5:30 p.m., the M&T branch at 121 S. Mill St. in Clear Spring was robbed by a white man who was wearing a dark baseball cap and a dark coat who showed a note that implied he had a gun, Shifflet said.

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Both robbers made off with money, but neither had been captured by 9:30 p.m.

McCarty said that the robber in Hancock asked a female teller for money, telling her, "This is not a joke."

The robber, who is described as being in his early 20s, displayed a silver pistol, he said.

At one point, the robber "threw a bag across the counter and told them to fill the bag up with money," McCarty said.

He said that once the robber got the money, he walked out of the bank and across the parking lot toward Pittman's IGA, at which point witnesses lost sight of him.

In Clear Spring, no one saw which direction, or in what way, the robber fled, Shifflet said.

He said that the robber was described as a white man in his mid 20s who was between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Deputy 1st Class Matthew Bragunier said it was not clear whether the robber had a gun.

In Clear Spring, the robber was wearing a dark colored baseball cap, blue jeans and a dark colored coat with a white and gray T-shirt underneath, Shifflet said.

The robber also had dark hair, a small mustache and dark eyes, he said.

Anyone with information on the Clear Spring robbery may call Shifflet or Deputy 1st Class Matthew Bragunier at 301-791-3020.

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