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Second man charged in Kearneysville, W.Va., bank robbery

August 11, 2006

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A second man has been arrested in a robbery last week of a Bank of Charles Town branch in Kearneysville, W.Va., police said Thursday.

Steven Bruce Mathis, 41, of 294 Fox Glen Drive in Kearneysville, was charged with bank robbery, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Mathis was being held Thursday afternoon in the Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond, officials said.

If convicted on the bank robbery charge, Mathis faces a possible sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

William Hause, 44, who has been living in the Fox Glen development and other areas, also has been charged with bank robbery in the holdup. He is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $120,000 bond.

The robbery occurred Aug. 3 when a man approached a teller at the Bank of Charles Town branch at the intersection of W.Va. 480 and W.Va. 9, police said.

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The man handed the employee a note that made reference to some explosives, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said.

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, causing him to drop some of the money.

The man climbed into a pickup truck being driven by another man and the truck left the area, police said.

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