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Bank robberies in three counties thought to be related

Series of crimes believed to have started in Frederick County with stolen vehicle report

December 23, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

Sheriff's deputies from Washington, Frederick and Berkeley counties have joined forces to look for a man they believe is  linked to a series of robberies in all three counties since Tuesday.

The man is believed to have started his spree in Frederick County Tuesday where he stole a truck and attempted to rob a bank before moving on to rob one bank in Washington County and one in Berkeley County, W.Va., according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Because of the time frame, suspect and vehicle descriptions, and sequence of events, the three sheriff's offices are investigating the incidents as related, the release said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office compiled the following timeline of events from incidents in the three counties:

• At about 5:06 p.m. Tuesday, deputies from Frederick County responded to the 7-Eleven at 8900 Fingerboard Road in Frederick for a reported stolen vehicle, the release said.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that a black, 2001 Ford Ranger was stolen from the store parking lot, the release said.

• About an hour later, at 6:22 p.m., Frederick County deputies responded to an attempted bank robbery at the PNC Bank at 5279 Buckeystown Pike in Frederick, the sheriff's office said.

The suspect was described as a white male, wearing a yellow plaid shirt and a gas mask and driving a black pickup truck with a silver toolbox.

• On Wednesday at about 4:10 p.m., a robber drove up to the Susquehanna Bank Drive Up Office at 17301 Valley Mall Road in Hagerstown and demanded money.

He also threatened that he had a weapon but did not show it, Washington County Sheriff's Detective Casey Barnes said.  

The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, and he drove off, the sheriff's office said.  He was last seen driving westbound on Halfway Boulevard.

The robber was described as a white male, wearing sunglasses, a black ski mask, a blue flannel shirt and orange gloves.  He was driving a dark blue or black pickup truck with no cap or license plates, the sheriff's office said.

• About 30 minutes later, at about 4:49 p.m., a white male was observed at Mountaineer Rocks (BP Station) at 39 Kelly Island Road in Martinsburg, W.Va., operating what is believed to be the stolen 2001 Ford Ranger, the release said.

About 30 minutes later, the BB&T Bank at 1111 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg was robbed.  

The robber drove up to the drive-through window and demanded money, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said.

The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money, and he fled the scene, the sheriff's office said.

He was last seen driving westbound on Apple Harvest Drive toward Interstate 81, sheriff's said.

The suspect was described as a white male, wearing sunglasses, a black ski mask, a black-and-white plaid shirt and a rag covering his mouth and forehead.  He was driving a black pickup truck with a silver toolbox mounted in the bed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either Washington County Sheriff's Detective Casey Barnes, Frederick County Sheriff's Detective Gary Mariotti or Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Michael St. Clair.

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