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Police investigate possible attempted credit union robbery

April 26, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION
  • Washington County Sheriff's Detective Greg Alton, left, was on the scene Monday afternoon at the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union on Virginia Avenue near Williamsport. Police believe two people were trying to rob the credit union Monday evening.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

WILLIAMSPORT --Police believe two people who had their faces concealed were trying to rob the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union along Virginia Avenue when they approached the building about 5 p.m. Monday.

When the two people realized the doors to the credit union were locked, they ran toward Hampton Road behind the credit union, said Greg Alton, an investigator with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

A police dog tracked the scent of the two people to Hampton Road, where the suspects might have climbed into a vehicle, Alton said.

Four police agencies searched for the pair after the 5:06 p.m. incident and authorities were still looking for them Monday night, officials said. A Maryland State Police helicopter searched for the suspects after the incident, Alton said.

The credit union at 16802 Virginia Ave. has been robbed twice since December and Alton said police cannot rule out the possibility that Monday's incident was related to those robberies.

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Alton said it was unclear whether the two people involved in Monday's incident were males or females. One person was wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt and the other person was wearing either a gray and black or gray and purple hooded sweat shirt.

One of the people was also carrying what appeared to be a white plastic bag, Alton said.

There were some employees in the credit union when the alleged robbery attempt was made and they called police when the two people attempted to enter the building, Alton said.

On April 19, a man entered the credit union about 9:45 a.m. and demanded money, police said.

After leaving the credit union, the man climbed into a red Pontiac Grand Am or a red Toyota Celica with Maryland plates, police said.

On Dec. 11, 2009, a man wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and dark denim jeans, and carrying a backpack robbed the credit union before 9:30 a.m.

State police said at the time that no weapon was shown during the December robbery, which remains unsolved.

Alton said anyone with information about Monday's incident may call him at 240-313-2185.

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