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Man who robbed PNC Bank remains at large

$5K reward offered

February 14, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • IIn this image taken from surveillance video, a hooded man man wearing a ski mask approaches the counter Monday morning at the PNC Bank branch on Dual Highway.
Submitted by Hagerstown Police Department

HAGERSTOWN — Police officers Tuesday were continuing their search for a masked man who robbed the PNC Bank in the 1700 block of Dual Highway on Monday morning.

On Tuesday, police said a $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bank robber. Anyone with information about the robbery may call police at 301-790-3700, ext. 234, or send an email to crimetip@hagerstownpd.org.

Hagerstown Police Sgt. Jim Hurd said a man entered the bank at the corner of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m., went behind the counter and displayed an “old-style revolver.”

“He was dressed in black from head to toe,” said Hurd, noting that no one was injured during the robbery.

Hurd described the robber as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium complexion and medium build.

The robber, who was wearing a ski mask, fled with an undetermined amount of cash, Hurd said. The robber dropped some of the money as he ran away.

Shortly after the robbery, a $10 bill could be seen blowing across the parking lot of the bank. Police later picked it up from a pile of dirt.

Hagerstown Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the bank after receiving the robbery report. Some officers were inside the bank at about 9:25 a.m., while others questioned witnesses in the bank parking lot.

A police dog was taken to the area of Edgewood Apartments, behind the bank and to the east. Hurd said the dog did not immediately pick up a scent.

A woman who was in the bank when the robber entered said he was wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing. She said she was just finishing her transaction when the man went into the bank and pulled a handgun.

The woman, whose name is not being used because the robber remained at large, said, “He pulled out his gun. I was afraid he was going to start shooting.”

She said the whole thing took less than two minutes.

“It happened so fast, it felt like he was robbing (the teller) and everyone in the bank was going about their business,” she said.

The woman said her boyfriend was going to chase the robber, but she told him not to because he had a gun. She said her boyfriend saw the robber flee to the area of a Hampton Inn behind the bank.

There have been a number of bank robberies on Dual Highway in the past few years, including two at the M&T Bank in the 900 block of Dual Highway.

Hurd said he couldn’t remember the PNC Bank being robbed recently.

Construction workers who were working on the outside of the building when the robber went inside remained on the job. Construction equipment and a dump truck were on the property, and an orange construction fence surrounded a portion of the parking lot.

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