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Man held on bank robbery charges in W.Va. charged with robbery near Hagerstown

Mark Daniel Haines was charged with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, second-degree assault and theft of $1,000 to under $10,000

January 20, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
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A man being held in West Virginia for allegedly robbing two banks there was charged Thursday with the Dec. 22 robbery of the Susquehanna Bank drive-up office at 17301 Valley Mall Road near Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Mark Daniel Haines, 40, of 152 Red Bird Lane in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was charged with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, second-degree assault and theft of $1,000 to under $10,000, a sheriff's office news release said.

 Authorities can't serve Haines with a warrant until he has been extradited to Maryland, Washington County Sheriff's Detective Cpl. Greg Alton said.

"He has not been served with a warrant," Alton said. "He has to be brought over here before a warrant can be served on him."

Haines, who is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., was arrested last month in West Virginia. He was charged with non-aggravated robbery in connection with the Dec. 22 holdup of a BB&T bank just outside of Martinsburg, as well as one count each of robbery, fleeing and obstructing and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle in the Dec. 27 robbery of a City National Bank branch in Ranson, W.Va.

Alton said authorities had long suspected that all three robberies were related.

In the Dec. 22 robbery of the Susquehanna Bank drive-up office near Hagerstown, sheriff's office investigators said the robber told the teller he had a weapon but did not show it. The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money before he drove off.

On the same day, police said a man drove up to a drive-through window at a BB&T Bank near Martinsburg in a midsize, black pickup truck and demanded money. In that case, the teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash before he fled toward Interstate 81.

Police said the robber in the Ranson incident left the City National Bank at 75 West Virginia Way without money. The suspect was captured less than 30 minutes after the robbery was reported, but only after leading authorities from several agencies on a high-speed chase.

Haines was paroled on Nov. 3 after serving time in federal prison for robbing a BB&T Bank branch in Mount Airy, Md., in January 2004, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has said.

Haines, who at the time of that robbery had a Frederick, Md., address, was sentenced to serve 84 months in federal prison in July 2004 after he pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and attempted bank robbery, according to court records.

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