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Man charged in Dec. 22 BB&T bank robbery

December 30, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Mark Daniel Haines
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Harpers Ferry area man accused of robbing a City National Bank branch in Ranson, W.Va., on Monday has been charged in the Dec. 22 robbery of BB&T bank just outside of Martinsburg, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday night.

An arrest warrant charging Mark Daniel Haines, 40, with non-aggravated robbery in the BB&T holdup was issued Thursday, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said.

Haines, who lives at 152 Red Bird Lane in the Shannondale subdivision, also is a “primary suspect” in the Dec. 22 robbery of a Susquehanna Bank drive-up office at 17301 Valley Mall Road near Hagerstown, Cpl. Greg Alton, an investigator with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday night.

Haines has been incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail since police captured him in Berkeley County after a high-speed chase that began after the Ranson robbery attempt in Jefferson County.

In all three robberies, the suspect wore a ski mask and demanded money from tellers manning the drive-through window, police have said.

In the Susquehanna Bank robbery, the suspect told the teller 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 west on Halfway Boulevard.

In the BB&T robbery last week, police said a man driving a midsize, black pickup truck with an extended cab and a tool box mounted in the back pulled up to the drive-through window and demanded money.

The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash, and he fled.  He was last seen driving west on Apple Harvest Drive, headed toward Interstate 81, police said.  

In the Ranson incident, the suspect left the bank at 75 West Virginia Way without any money, police said.

The robber was wearing an orange ski mask and glasses when he pulled up to the drive-through window in a small white pickup in The Marketplace at Potomac Towne Center, police said.

The robber told the teller that he knew where she and another teller he saw in the bank lived. He said he knew that they would be calling the police and pressing the alarm and demanded $4,000, saying no one would get hurt, police said.

Haines was captured less than 30 minutes after the robbery was reported, but only after leading officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, Shepherdstown and Ranson police departments on a high-speed pursuit.

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