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Hagerstown Trust branch in West End robbed at gunpoint

April 02, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Police on Tuesday were investigating an armed robbery of the Hagerstown Trust branch at the corner of West Franklin Street and West Side Avenue.

According to witnesses, a man walked into the bank as tellers were closing the lobby at about 4 p.m. He pulled a mask over his face, took a handgun from his waistband, pointed the gun at a teller and demanded money, Sgt. Paul Kifer of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Three employees and one customer were in the bank during the robbery, Kifer said. No shots were fired, and no one was injured, he said.

The robber left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, crossed West Side Avenue and ran through an alley between Kamelot Florist and the apartment building next to it, Kifer said.

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A K-9 unit arrived at about 4:25 p.m. and headed west through a residential neighborhood. The K-9 unit tracked the robber to the 700 block of Salem Avenue, Kifer said.

Tammy Rider has lived in the neighborhood about five years, and the bank has been robbed at least three other times, she said.

"Normally, it's a quiet neighborhood, really it is," Rider said as she sat on her front porch about an hour after the robbery.

Sharon Frizzell has lived on West Side Avenue for about 60 years. The bank seems to be an easy target, she said. Not many people are on the street during the day, she said.

After the other robberies, Frizzell was uneasy going into Hagerstown Trust, which is where she does her banking, she said.

The robber was described as white, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 170 to 190 pounds. He was in his mid-20s or 30s, Kifer said. He was wearing a white Penn State hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and sneakers, Kifer said.

Anyone who saw a person dressed like that driving or walking in the West Side Avenue area before 4 p.m. or in the Salem Avenue area after the incident, may call police at 301-790-3700.

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