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Man charged with third M&T Bank robbery

August 13, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A Martinsburg, W.Va., man who was charged in M&T Bank robberies in Williamsport in May and in Hagerstown in June is charged with the May 26 robbery of an M&T Bank at Valley Mall, police said Thursday.

By conducting more interviews and analyzing information from other robberies, investigators were able to seek charges against Bobby Gene Shelly for the May 26 robbery, Sgt. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.

An arrest warrant charging Shelly, 33, with robbery, second-degree assault and theft value exceeding $500 was served Aug. 7. He was being held on $800,000 bond Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center, according to a sheriff's department press release.

Police have been investigating four bank robberies in Washington County and Jefferson County, W.Va., since May 12. Washington County Sheriff's Detective Greg Alton said police investigated possible connections in the four robberies.

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Detective Tracy Edwards of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said one person -- not Shelly -- was charged in a May 29 robbery of an MVB Bank in Charles Town, W.Va.

The other robberies in which Shelly is charged are a May 12 robbery of M&T Bank on West Potomac Street in Williamsport and a June 26 robbery of M&T Bank on Garland Groh Boulevard in Hagerstown, police said.

Court records show Shelly, of 28 Fletcher Court, faces charges of robbery, armed robbery, second-degree assault and theft of more than $500 in the May 12 robbery. He is charged with robbery and theft of more than $500 in the June 26 robbery.

Harsh said Thursday that the Shelly allegedly passed notes in the robberies in which he is charged. He allegedly made reference to having a gun in the May 26 robbery, although police said no weapon was displayed.

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