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Columbia Bank on Virginia Avenue robbed

May 14, 2010
  • Police search nearby Harwood Road Friday for clues in the robbery of The Columbia Bank on Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- The Columbia Bank at 17803 Virginia Ave. was robbed by a woman Friday afternoon, police said in a news release.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department said in the release that the woman entered the bank at about 3 p.m., demanded money and fled the area on foot.

The robber was described as a white woman, about 5-foot-2, heavyset, with fair skin. She was wearing a red gardening-style hat with a large brim, dark pants and a black V-neck shirt, police said.

As of 9:30 p.m., the woman hadn't been found, the sheriff's department said.

Several Tri-State banks and credit unions were robbed in recent months, including:

o United Bank near Shepherdstown, W.Va., on May 5

o Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union on Virginia Avenue near Williamsport on April 19, the second time it was robbed in less than five months

o BB&T Bank in Ranson, W.Va., on April 12

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o Sovereign Bank at 100 W. Washington St. on March 23. A Hagerstown man was charged with robbing the same bank branch on March 9 and again on March 23.

o M&T Bank at 930 Dual Highway on March 8. Three men were arrested and charged with the robbery.


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