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Man wearing scrubs robs Jefferson Co. bank

August 31, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The second bank robbery in a month in Jefferson County occurred Wednesday afternoon when a man robbed a BB&T bank at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Keyes Ferry Road, West Virginia State Police said.

The man entered the bank about 3 p.m. and obtained an undisclosed amount of money, Trooper B.A. Chandler said.

The man, described as black and about 6 feet tall, was armed with a weapon but Chandler declined to say what kind.

The man left the bank, but it was unclear if he got into a car, Chandler said.

"He kind of got out of the view of everybody," Chandler said.

There was no dye pack in the money, Chandler said.

Dye packs sometimes are placed in money when someone robs a bank. The dye packs are meant to burst, spraying a robber with hard-to-remove dye that makes it easier for officials to find the suspect.

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The man was wearing blue hospital scrubs and a fisherman's-type hat pulled down to his brow, Chandler said.

He was possibly wearing aviation-type sunglasses, Chandler said.

"He was pretty well covered," Chandler said.

Anyone with information about the robbery may contact state police at 304-725-9779.

On Aug. 3, a Bank of Charles Town branch at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and W.Va. 480 in Kearneysville, W.Va., was robbed.

In that hold-up, a man handed the employee a note that made reference to some explosives, police said.

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

Police said they believe a red dye pack burst in the money while the man was behind the bank, causing him to drop some of the cash.

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

Steve Bruce Mathias, 41, of 294 Fox Glen Drive, Kearneysville, W.Va., and William Hause, 44, were charged with bank robbery in the Aug. 3 incident, police said.

Hause has been living in the Fox Glen development and other areas, police said.

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