Winchester bank robbed

Winchester police are searching for this man in the robbery of a BB&T bank branch in Winchester on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Winchester police

Winchester police are searching for a man in his late 40s to early 50s who robbed a BB&T bank Thursday morning.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, the man, wearing a black V-neck shirt, blue jeans, a green jacket, a black ski mask and an orange glove on his left hand, entered the BB&T at 2082 South Pleasant Valley Road, displayed a gun and demanded money from one teller. The man left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Lauren Cummings, police public information officer, said the suspect fled the bank on foot, toward Martin’s.

“After that point, it’s not known where he went,” Cummings said. “We do know he left on foot, but he might have gotten in a car.”

Police responded to the incident in “under two minutes” Cummings said. Winchester police, the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office and a unit with the FBI responded to the scene.

Cummings said police have shared information with other banks in the area as “a precautionary measure.”

“To my knowledge, there’s never been two bank robberies in one day in the City of Winchester,” Cummings said. “But we still share information with our bank contacts, just in case.”

The bank robbery was “pretty typical,” Cummings said.

“Suspect walks in, displays a weapon, demands money and leaves, so there’s nothing unusual about this particular case,” she said. “Bank robberies happen in Winchester.”

Cummings said it is too early to tell if the suspect is still in the area or whether the heist was planned or spontaneous. She said suspects fleeing the city on the interstate may have influenced past bank robberies, but not this one.

“The bank robberies at the United Bank at Berryville Avenue, I think the interstate may have played a factor there, but this bank is really not accessible to Interstate 81,” she said.

Cummings said she did not know whether the bank employed methods to track the money, such as bait money, dye packs or electronic tracking devices.

The man, described by police as a white male, had a beard.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS. The Winchester Police Department is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Cummings said the public has provided information through the Crime Solvers line and are investigating any new leads.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com