Sheriff: Bank robbers look similar

July 08, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A man who robbed the United Bank branch in the Jefferson Crossing shopping center Wednesday morning bears a resemblance to the man who robbed a bank in Martinsburg a few weeks ago, Jefferson County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Shirley said.

The man involved in Wednesday's robbery took an undisclosed amount of money from the bank after showing a note demanding money to a teller at 9:19 a.m., according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The suspect is a black male who appeared to be about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds, according to the news release.

He was wearing a plain black T-shirt, light-colored jeans, black tennis shoes and black-frame sunglasses, Shirley said in the news release.


A black baseball cap with an orange brim, possible a Baltimore Orioles hat, covered the suspect's black hair, police said.

He did not show a weapon, police said.

Authorities did not have any information about a possible getaway vehicle.

Martinsburg Police said a black male left the Foxcroft Avenue branch offices of First United Bank & Trust with an undisclosed amount of cash about 9 a.m. on June 22 after presenting a note demanding money to a teller.

The suspect in that robbery was wearing a black T-shirt, baseball cap and sunglasses and was about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, police said. He appeared to have a slender build and was in his early to mid-30s, police said.

Several agencies, in addition to the sheriff's department, responded to United Bank on Wednesday to search for the suspect, including West Virginia State Police, the Charles Town Police Department and its K-9 officer, the Harpers Ferry Police Department, the Ranson Police Department and a helicopter from Maryland State Police, according to Shirley.

Anyone who might have additional information about Wednesday's robbery may contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and speak to Shirley or Detective Tracy Edwards at 304-728-3205.

Individuals with information about the robbery at First United Bank & Trust may call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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