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Police release images of key robbery suspect

By Staff | May 21, 2010

Police say just minutes before he robbed United Bank in the Food Lion shopping center in Shepherdstown May 5, a man wearing a wig may have ordered food at the nearby McDonald’s, where he was caught on the restaurant’s surveillance cameras.

Det. Cpl. Steven Holz of the Jefferson?County Sheriff’s Department released video surveillance images to the local media early this week in hopes of enlisting the public’s help in identifying the man.

Holz said McDonald’s employees described the man as very dark skinned, about 5 foot, 10 inches to 6 foot, 2 inches tall, possibly with a jamaican accent. He was reportedly wearing layers of clothing, despite the warm weather.

Employees told police the man was a regular at the restaurant and was very friendly and talkative with employees and other customers.

“I’m sure people in town would know him,” Holz said Monday. Police believe the man may live somewhere west of town off W.Va. 45 because they have been told he often walked to the McDonald’s restaurant and was often seen walking along the road.

Shortly after noon on May 5, the suspect reportedly entered the United Bank along W.Va. 45 wearing a wig. He handed a teller a note (written on a McDonald’s french fry container) demanding large bills and claiming he had a gun.

Police report the suspect fled with a large amount of cash behind the bank into an open area to the west, in the direction of the Chaplaine’s Choice neighborhood.

Anyone who has information about the suspect or anyone who was at th Shepherdstown McDonald’s about noon on May 5 is asked to contact Det. Holz at (304) 728-3265.