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Woman disrupts bank robber

June 02, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

A woman is being credited with thwarting an attempted bank robbery Thursday morning in Martinsburg when she refused to step aside to let a would-be robber approach a bank teller.

Investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department say they were searching for a man who walked into the Citizens National Bank at 14994 Apple Harvest Drive about 9:05 a.m. and demanded money from a teller as he approached from behind a female customer who was attempting to make a deposit.

The woman, who was the only customer in the bank, wouldn't budge, Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Brendan F. Hall said.

"She was pretty adamant about making her deposit," Hall said.

Hall said that after being rebuffed by the woman, the man, who did not show a weapon, attempted to open a door to the teller's area. But finding it locked, he fled the bank without getting any money.

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"It seems like he got frustrated with her and tried to open the door to get behind the counter. Once he found it was locked, he left," Hall said.

The man is described as having blue eyes and being about 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a black ski mask, black sweat shirt and khaki pants and appeared to be in his late 30s to early 40s.

Bank employees saw the man drive away in a black Dodge pickup truck with red trim and West Virginia tags, Hall said.

The truck was last seen heading east on Apple Harvest Drive, according to a statement released by the Sheriff's department.

Hall said nobody at the bank was injured in the incident.

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