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By BRENDAN KIRBY | August 21, 1999
Police made arrests Friday in two Hagerstown bank robberies, authorities said. Maryland State Police charged Neal Patrick Wells Sr., 38, of Hagerstown, with robbery, theft and motor vehicle theft in connection with a July 21 robbery at the Maugans Avenue branch of Hagerstown Trust. Cornell Maurice Georgie, 47, of Baltimore, was charged on Wednesday with robbery and theft in connection with the holdup. Two men entered the Hagerstown Trust Bank at 18201 Maugans Ave. on July 21. One remained in the lobby while the other handed a teller a bag with a note attached demanding money.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | December 23, 2010
Sheriff's deputies from Washington, Frederick and Berkeley counties have joined forces to look for a man they believe isĀ  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.
NEWS
January 20, 1998
Md. man charged in 4 bank robberies By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer BALTIMORE - A Middletown, Md., man charged in four 1997 bank robberies - including one on Feb. 7 at the Hagerstown Trust Co. in Boonsboro - was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to 10 years and three months in federal prison. Aaron Douglas Knill, 19, of Hollow Road, was apprehended Feb. 22 during a drug bust at a Frederick motel and has been in federal custody since then. Guilty pleas were taken in U.S. District Court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmina Hughes.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2011
There is no question that David Courtney Zeller robbed the same bank twice in two weeks, but it will be up to Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley to determine if the Hagerstown man is criminally responsible for his actions. Zeller, 57, formerly of the Dagmar Hotel, pleaded guilty in November to two counts of robbing the Sovereign Bank at 100 W. Washington St., on March 9 and March 23, 2010. At the time, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said the state was seeking a prison sentence of as much as 20 years.
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By PEPPER BALLARD | July 12, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The Maryland Association for Bank Security is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man police believe is responsible for three recent bank robberies in the Hagerstown area. Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Michael Kretzer said police believe the same man was responsible for robbing two M&T Banks and one Susquehanna Bank over the course of the past month. The M&T Bank at 13409 Pennsylvania Ave. was robbed Saturday at about noon, the M&T Bank at 14 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport was robbed at about 2:30 p.m. on June 21 and Susquehanna Bank at 13232 Fountain Head Plaza was robbed June 13 at about 6 p.m., The Herald-Mail has reported.
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January 19, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer Tri-State area banks have been the unlucky target of 13 robberies since Friday, Sept. 13. That's a rate of more than three a month. But the goods news is that police have made arrests in all but two of the holdups, both in Hagerstown. Unsolved is a Dec. 12 robbery at Hagerstown Trust Co.'s Prospect Avenue branch and a Jan. 10 holdup at Home Federal Savings Bank, 1700 Dual Highway in Hagerstown. Police believe all five bank robberies in Franklin County, Pa., were related.
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By ERIN JULIUS | March 27, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A Winchester, Va., man has been indicted on federal charges related to two bank robberies in Hagerstown in October and November 2007. During the first robbery, the man allegedly shot at a Washington County Sheriff's Department cruiser and took a deputy's gun. The man had the deputy's weapon during the second robbery, according to police. David Wilbert Shanton Sr., 53, faces more than 150 charges brought by the state, including armed robbery and false imprisonment.
NEWS
August 16, 1999
By BRUCE HAMILTON / Staff Writer photo, bottom right: MARLA BROSE / staff photographer A man robbed a downtown Hagerstown bank Monday morning without setting foot inside the building, according to the Hagerstown Police Department. [cont. from front page ] The unmasked man walked up to the drive-through window of American Trust Bank at 32 N. Potomac St., wrote a robbery note and fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Surveillance cameras captured clear images of the robber.
NEWS
May 5, 2006
Man sentenced to 8 years, restitution A Frederick, Md., man was found guilty Wednesday in Washington County District Court of theft scheme. Steven Lawrence Bass, 41, of 1000 Heather Ridge Drive, Apt. 105, was sentenced to eight years in jail, with five years suspended. He also was ordered to serve three years of probation upon his release, documents state. He was ordered to pay more than $3,000 in restitution. Bass also was charged with four counts of theft, but those charges were dismissed, court documents state.
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By DON AINES | March 26, 1998
Man pleads innocent in Pa. robbery CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged in a 1995 bank robbery pleaded innocent Wednesday in Franklin County Court and his case was scheduled for the May trial term. Oscar Timothy Robinson, 55, of 1075 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, was returned to Pennsylvania from Raleigh, N.C., in October, according to court documents. The robbery occurred on Sept. 19, 1995, at the Unitas National Bank branch at 1720 Lincoln Way East, according to the Pennsylvania State Police affidavit of probable cause.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
A man who robbed a Chambersburg (Pa.) bank on Monday before leadingĀ  police on a high-speed chase and wounding two state troopers in a running shootout died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Cumberland County district attorney. Dakin Burgess, 37, of Pittsburgh shot himself on Roxbury Road in Upper Mifflin Township after a three-hour pursuit through two Pennsylvania counties, District Attorney David Freed said during a Tuesday morning news conference at the Cumberland County Courthouse.
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July 18, 2013
A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man wanted for the robbery of City National Bank in Berkeley Springs last week was captured Thursday morning by West Virginia State Police in Charles Town, police said. Justin Andrew Shives, 25, was being held in Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg, W.Va., on one count of bank robbery, according to Morgan County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Timothy P. Stapleton and jail records. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that deputies responded to the Northgate Inn in Charles Town at 9:39 a.m. for a report of a disturbance.
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July 11, 2013
Police in Morgan County were searching Thursday evening for a Berkeley Springs man wanted in a bank robbery, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said. An arrest warrant has been issued for Justin Andrew Shives, 26, for the robbery of City National Bank, 149 N. Washington St., according to Morgan County Sheriff Vincent E. Shambaugh. As of about 6 p.m., police were searching for Shives in the area of Pious Ridge Road, he said. Shambaugh said he and Lt. Timothy P. Stapleton went to the bank, where they learned that a man entered at about 3 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding cash.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
A judge on Tuesday denied a motion to suppress an eyewitness identification and DNA evidence against an accused bank robber following a hearing in Washington County Circuit Court. Charles Benjamin McNeal, 28, of Chambersburg, Pa., was in court for a suppression hearing in April, but asked for a judge from outside the county to hear his case. Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCormack said at that hearing that McNeal had been apprehended on the property of Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. in the Fountain Head area of Hagerstown.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
A man suspected of robbing the Susquehanna Bank on Frederick Street in Hagerstown on May 10 has been arrested, according to the Hagerstown Police Department. Brandon Lee Rohrer, 23, of 20422 Mill Point Road in Boonsboro, faces charges of robbery, second-degree assault and theft from $1,000 to under $10,000. According to a report of the robbery in The Herald-Mail, the robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money May 10 after he handed a note to a teller demanding money. No weapons were displayed at the time of the robbery, according to police.
NEWS
April 29, 2013
Police apprehended a Hagerstown man in a dressing room in the Eddie Bauer store and caught another Hagerstown man near the Timberland store in the Hagerstown Premium Outlets Monday afternoon following a robbery at the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union on Virginia Avenue. Police swarmed the outlets when Joshua Andre Lockley and Cruz Daniel Maldonado were apprehended, and people who were shopping at the time stopped and watched the situation unfold. Lockley, 28, of 424 N. Locust St., and Maldonado, 21, of 398 Bryan Place, were being held in the county's central booking facility Monday night waiting to see a district commissioner, a spokeswoman said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
An exploding dye packet helped lead police to the arrest of two men in a bank robbery last year, one of whom pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court this week and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jacob Malachi Adams, 22, formerly of 330 McDowell Ave., pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed robbery in the Nov. 15, 2012, holdup of the Susquehanna Bank branch on Salem Avenue. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Adams to 20 years with all but 10 years suspended, court records said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 10, 2013
The man charged with the Tuesday robbery of the Bank of Charles Town in Kearneysville, W.Va., also was charged this week with robbing $6,000 from the BB&T Bank in Inwood, W.Va., on Dec. 26, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Darius Wayne Cook, 27, of 51 Entwine Ave. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday on one count of robbery by Magistrate Charles C. Cole Sr., according to court documents. Cook was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond in connection with the BB&T Bank robbery, according to court and jail records.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
Police arrested two Berkeley County residents suspected of robbing the Bank of Charles Town in Kearneysville on Tuesday evening less than 10 minutes after the robbery was reported, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department announced. Darius Wayne Cook and Candace Brooke Leber, both of Martinsburg, W.Va., were charged with bank robbery and conspiracy, according to a news release. Jefferson County 911 received a bank alarm from 5480 Charles Town Road at 3:52 p.m. and the suspects were detained at 3:59 p.m. at the intersection of Wiltshire and Charles Town roads (old W.Va.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
A Hagerstown man has been charged in a warrant in connection with the Wednesday morning robbery of The Columbia Bank on Wesel Boulevard. Charles Sylvester Bolden III, 46, of Hagerstown, was charged in the warrant with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, second-degree assault, threat of arson and theft under $10,000, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. Police said officers were able to identify Bolden by matching a photo of him with a surveillance photo from the bank.
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