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September 8, 2000
Warrant issued in bank robbery By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Berkeley County Magistrate Joan Bragg issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of William Oliver Burris in connection with the unarmed robbery of City National Bank on Winchester Avenue around noon Thursday. Burris, who has no listed address, is being held by Maryland prison authorities for violating terms of the mandatory supervision under which he was released one year ago, said Priscilla Doggett, spokesperson for the Maryland Division of Corrections.
July 21, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE and BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer HALFWAY - An off-duty state trooper spotted a car in Frederick, Md., Monday morning that led authorities to two men they believe may have robbed the American Trust bank on Virginia Avenue earlier in the day, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Michael Scott O'Brien, 19, and Robert Hines, 22, were arrested less than an hour after the crime, deputies said. Both were charged with robbery, felony theft, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit theft.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 5, 2010
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Police were looking for a man who took an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday from United Bank's branch office in the Maddex Square shopping center just outside of Shepherdstown. The robber handed a teller a demand note written on a red McDonald's french fries container, according to Sgt. R.S. Sell of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. No one was injured in the robbery, which police were dispatched to investigate at 12:14 p.m., Sell said. No weapon was shown, according to Sell.
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.
By DAN DEARTH | August 5, 2010
Jurors in the trial of a man accused of helping to rob the M&T Bank at 930 Dual Highway in March were taken Thursday to view the crime scene. Prosecutors showed the jurors the alleged escape route, which led down a roadway between the M&T and Chevy Chase banks, and ended several hundred feet to the north near a wall behind the Weis market. It was there on March 8 that authorities arrested Darnell Edward Stewart, 50, of 9207 Eldon Drive in Clinton, Md., and two other men in connection with the robbery.
By HEATHER KEELS and KATE S. ALEXANDER | | June 28, 2011
City police Tuesday afternoon arrested a man they believe robbed The Columbia Bank at 83 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown earlier in the day. However, the money the man allegedly took has not yet been found, police said. Franklin Dale Keefer, 28, of 50 Summit Ave., Apt. 607, was taken into custody by police Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Jim Hurd said. Police found Keefer walking into the Dagmar hotel, where his apartment is, a little more than an hour after the robbery took place, he said.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 5, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A judge in Washington County District Court found probable cause Wednesday to forward to circuit court charges against a Martinsburg, W.Va., man accused of robbing two Washington County banks. Bobby Gene Shelly, 33, of 28 Fletcher Court, has been charged with robbing an M&T Bank branch in Williamsport in May and an M&T Bank branch in Hagerstown in June. During a preliminary hearing Wednesday in district court, Washington County Sheriff's Department Detective Greg Alton testified that police have investigated possible connections with four bank robberies in Washington County and Jefferson County, W.Va.
By BRENDAN KIRBY | December 13, 1999
A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Monday to robbing the American Trust Bank and was given a five-year prison sentence. David Brian Smith, 38, was captured on videotape robbing the American Trust Bank on North Potomac Street in August. According to court records, Smith walked up to the bank's drive-through window and handed the teller a note saying: "I want all your money or I will shoot you. " He turned himself into Hagerstown City Police four days later. In exchange for his guilty plea, lesser charges were dropped.
November 14, 1996
11/14/96 By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A Washington County District judge on Thursday raised bond to $125,000 for a bank robbery suspect who led police on a high-speed chase through Hagerstown's North End. Michael Shawn Clark, 31, of 141 King St., Hagerstown, appeared before Washington County District Court Judge Ralph France for a review of the $75,000 bond set Wednesday following the robbery of a Hagerstown Trust Company branch....
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