FBI seeking serial bank robber

The FBI Wednesday offered a $15,000 reward for information contributing to the arrest and conviction of an unknown man believed to have been responsible for nine bank robberies in Winchester and areas farther north into West Virginia and Maryland.

The suspect was described in a written statement as 5-feet 1-inch to 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing between 140 and 200 pounds. The FBI estimates him to be 30 to 50 years old with brown hair, medium build and light skin.

Authorities say the suspect displayed black and silver handguns and a sawed off shotgun at the robberies, which were committed between March 19, 2015 and Jan. 7, 2016.

Two vehicles, a dark blue older model Pontiac and a late 1990s-early 2000s silver, 4-door Ford F-150 pickup truck, are believed to have been used by the suspect, who the FBI said should be considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI said the suspect is linked to the following robberies in three states:

• March 19, 2015 – BB&T located in the 2000 block of S. Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester.
• April 28, 2015 – MVB Bank located in the 80 block of Sommerset Boulevard in Charles Town, West Virginia.
• Aug. 7, 2015 – BB&T located in the 2000 block of S. Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester.
• Aug. 17, 2015 – BB&T located in the 90 block of Souder Road in Brunswick, Maryland.
• Aug. 25, 2015 – MVB Bank located in the 80 block of Sommerset Boulevard in Charles Town, West Virginia.
• Sept. 16, 2015 – First United Bank & Trust located in the 7700 block of Winchester Ave. in Inwood, West Virginia.
• Oct. 16, 2015 – Union Bank and Trust located in the 1000 block of Millwood Pike in Winchester.
• Dec. 23, 2015 – BB&T located in the 90 block of Souder Road in Brunswick, Maryland.
• Jan. 7, 2016 – MVB located in the 700 block of Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Phone calls and an email message seeking further information from the FBI office in Richmond received no reply. The FBI has scheduled a news conference for Aug. 25 to deliver additional comments.

Jennifer Hall, a community relations specialist with the Winchester Police Department, said her department and other local agencies have been involved in the investigation. The FBI also listed the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the Western District of Virginia U.S. Attorney’s Office among the investigating agencies, along with several local departments in Maryland and West Virginia.

“I know they’re actively working the case,” Hall said of the Winchester police. “We’re all working together with the FBI leading it.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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