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Hagerstown bank robbed

May 19, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

Washington County Sheriff's Department investigators were searching Tuesday for a man who robbed the Susquehanna Bank at 13418 Marsh Pike earlier in the day.

The robber asked a bank teller for money but did not display a weapon or threaten violence, according to Investigator Dave Sanders, who said the man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Four employees were inside the bank during the robbery, which was reported at 11:39 a.m., but there were no customers inside.

The robber was described as a light-skinned black male or a Hispanic man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds, Sanders said.

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The man had a mustache, and was wearing a brown, hooded sweat shirt with the hood over his face, black nylon jogging pants, and black-and-white sneakers, Sanders said. The robber was carrying what was described as a child's backpack with a red-and-blue cartoon character, possibly Spider-Man, on the front, Sanders said.

While the robber was leaving the bank, a dye pack with the cash exploded. Dye packs are used for identification purposes, and whoever is near a dye pack when it explodes would get orange dye on himself or herself, Sanders said. The dye also would color the money, he said.

The robber drove away in a vehicle described as a small, light gray SUV.

Investigators were trying to determine whether Tuesday's robbery was connected to other recent area robberies but they had no solid connections, Sanders said.

Sanders asked that people be vigilant when they go to banks. If anyone sees anything suspicious, such as someone covering his or her head or otherwise concealing his or her identity, they should call police, he said.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call police at 240-313-2186.


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