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Former Hagerstown men face charges in Pa. bank robbery

October 11, 2006|by DON AINES

CARROLL VALLEY, Pa. - Two men with ties to Hagerstown have been charged in an August bank robbery in Adams County, according to Carroll Valley Police Chief Richard L. Hileman II.

Robert Franklin Reed III, 27, no fixed address, was arraigned Friday on charges of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy and terroristic threats in the Aug. 31 holdup of the PNC Bank, 815 Waynesboro Pike, Hileman said in a news release. Reed was jailed in Adams County Adult Correctional Complex on $200,000 bail.

The same charges have been filed against Roger Benton Seal, 57, no fixed address, who is in Eastern Regional Jail in West Virginia, Hileman said. Borough police filed the charges Sept. 3.

Both men formerly lived in Hagerstown, according to Hileman.

The bank branch was held up at 12:47 p.m. by a "scruffy and unshaven" man who passed a note to the bank teller, police said. Two witnesses, one of whom saw the man approach the rear of the bank from the woods, chased him back through the woods after the robbery and then saw him get into a waiting Dodge Stratus, police said.

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Carroll Valley and Liberty Township police chased the car, but the driver was able to get away. It was later spotted by a sheriff's deputy in Frederick County, Md., police said.

The car is believed to have been a 2000 charcoal gray Dodge Stratus that was reported stolen in Hagerstown on Aug. 12, but which has not been found, police said. The Maryland license plate, LNG740, was also reported stolen in Hagerstown, police said.

Reed was taken into custody Sept. 17, in Acworth, Ga., after a police officer spotted him walking around a closed shopping center. On Sept. 23, Seal was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police near Charles Town for allegedly being in possession of another stolen vehicle, police said.

Seal will face the charges in West Virginia before being extradited to Pennsylvania, Hileman said. Reed is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today before Magisterial District Judge Mark Beauchat, he said.

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