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Man sought in Shepherdstown bank robbery

May 05, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • This image from a surveillance video shows a robbery in progress Wednesday, May 5, at the United Bank on U.S. 45 near Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Jefferson County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Department,

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Police were looking for a man who took an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday from United Bank's branch office in the Maddex Square shopping center just outside of Shepherdstown.

The robber handed a teller a demand note written on a red McDonald's french fries container, according to Sgt. R.S. Sell of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

No one was injured in the robbery, which police were dispatched to investigate at 12:14 p.m., Sell said.

No weapon was shown, according to Sell.

The robber was described as a black male wearing dark sunglasses and a black ball cap. He was believed to weigh about 180 pounds and be 5 feet 10 to 5 feet 11 inches tall, police said.

He apparently wore a wig to conceal his identity, Sell said.

He was wearing layers of clothing, including a gray sweat shirt and gray pants, and white sneakers, according to Sell.

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After taking the money, he fled on foot toward Chaplin's Choice subdivision, west toward Martinsburg, Sell said.

Officers from Shepherdstown Police and Shepherd University arrived at the bank at 7867 Martinsburg Pike (W.Va. 45) about two minutes after the "robbery in progress" was dispatched by Jefferson County's emergency communications center, Sell said.

West Virginia State Police officers and two K-9s handled by Jefferson County Sheriff's Sgt. Victor Lupis and Deputy G.W. Kilmer joined in the search, which lasted more than two hours, Sell said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter also helped with the search, Sell said.

Surveillance video from the bank and from the McDonald's restaurant in the shopping center is expected to be reviewed as part of the investigation, Sell said.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department at 304-728-3205.

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