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M&T Bank in downtown Hagerstown robbed

April 22, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • A Maryland Division of Correction K-9 unit is called to the M&T Bank on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown, Friday to track a suspect who fled after robbing the M&T branch, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Police Department is looking for a man who robbed the M&T Bank at 32 N. Potomac St. Friday afternoon.

Hagerstown Police Sgt. Rebecca Fetchu said a man, believed to be unarmed, entered the bank at about 2:55 p.m. Friday and demanded money. After being given an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled on foot, Fetchu said.

No weapon was used by the man, and he did not make any threats to use one, she said.

Officers from the Hagerstown Police Department, the Maryland Division of Correction, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a Maryland State Police trooper were on the scene.

Canine officers assisted in the investigation.

Fetchu said the canines were called in to help establish the direction the man ran when he fled the scene.

Zeus, a Washington County Sheriff's K-9, searched the area while police waited for a bloodhound from the Maryland Division of Correction to arrive.

The bloodhound, Kojak, together with a German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix named Tymi — both from the Division of Correction — tracked the robber east of the bank.  

Kojak picked up a scent from the bank's entrance and led police east through Hagerstown's central parking lot toward the Academy Theater.  

Police searched around houses in the 100 block of East Washington Street and the unit block of North Mulberry Street.

No suspect was found.

Police described the man as a black male approximately 6 foot 2 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a light colored shirt, blue jeans, tan shoes and a black ski mask, according to a news release.

The bank is a few buildings south of Hagerstown City Hall.

Crime, such as the robbery Friday, is not common in the area, Fetchu said.

"This is pretty atypical in fact," she said. "We have a lot of officers who are assigned down here, specifically to this downtown neighborhood."

Police responded quickly to the robbery call Friday, Fetchu said.

She also said police did not believe the incident was related to a number of attempted break-ins in downtown Hagerstown recently.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Hagerstown Department of Police Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700.

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