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Police looking for men in W.Va. bank robbery

August 04, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Police believe a man who robbed a Bank of Charles Town branch office Thursday afternoon in Kearneysville dropped some of the money after a red dye pack in the cash burst.

Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said he believes the man climbed into an older model Ford pickup truck being driven by another man and the two headed east on W.Va. 9 toward Charles Town.

Police were stationed at points along major roadways throughout the county after the robbery, which was reported at 3:28 p.m., but the suspects were not found.

Police were still searching for the men Thursday night.

The robbery occurred at the Bank of Charles Town branch office at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and W.Va. 480.

The suspect, described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, approached a teller and handed the employee a note which made reference to explosives, Boober said.

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The man demanded money in large bills and was given an undetermined amount of money, Boober said.

The man fled out the front door and went around the back of the bank to a narrow road named Stanley Lane. Boober said he believes a red dye pack burst in the money while the man was on Stanley Lane.

Boober said he does not know if the man dropped all of the money and he said police collected the currency that was left in the road.

The red dye packs are designed to burst so police can identify people who have robbed banks, Boober said. The man who committed Thursday's robbery probably has a large amount of dye on his hands and lower arms, Boober said.

Police believe the two men involved in the incident drove away in a red-and-white pickup truck with older, square-shaped fenders. Police described the man who entered the bank as having glasses, wearing an orange baseball cap with a black stripe and wearing a gray T-shirt with a picture of a horse or a wolf on it, Boober said.

The man also was wearing blue jeans, white socks and flip-flop sandals, Boober said.

No description of the other man was available.

Anyone with information about the robbery may contact the sheriff's department at 304-728-3205.

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