Robber Hits S. High Bank

Police: Suspect In BB&T Heist Remains At Large

Posted: July 2, 2013

Jonathan Snoddy, a forensic technician with Harrisonburg Police Department, takes fingerprints from a door handle at BB&T on South High Street in Harrisonburg during an investigation of a robbery that occurred Monday. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Jonathan Snoddy, a forensic technician with Harrisonburg Police Department, takes fingerprints from a door handle at BB&T on South High Street in Harrisonburg during an investigation of a robbery that occurred Monday.
Harrisonburg Police Department investigates a robbery at BB&T on South High Street Monday afternoon.
HARRISONBURG — As Keith Storer rang up customers at the Exxon On the Run convenience store on South High Street Monday afternoon, he heard sirens and then saw about a dozen police vehicles zoom by.

Soon, customers came in and told him the BB&T bank across the street at the intersection of Erickson Avenue and South High Street had been robbed.

“It makes us very nervous,” said Storer, adding that the store takes a number of precautions to deter potential robbers. “That concerns you.”

Mary-Hope Vass, the city’s public information officer, said Harrisonburg police responded to the BB&T branch at 1900 S. High St. shortly before 3 p.m.

Vass said a light-skinned black or Hispanic man entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police used dogs to search the immediate area but were unable to find the man.

Vass said the suspect was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, long pants, a black coat, dark sunglasses and gloves. She said he also had a portion of his face covered with a blue bandana.

There were three employees in the bank when it was robbed, but no one was injured, police say.

The last bank robbery in the Friendly City happened shortly before 1 p.m. April 5 at the Bank of America at 79 University Blvd.

During that robbery, police say, the suspect brandished a small handgun.

In that case, police say, the suspect was described as a man of about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium-to-dark complexion. He was wearing sunglasses, a zip-up hoodie, dark pants and a dark hat. A blue-and-white handkerchief hid his face.

Police say it’s too early to say if the two robberies are linked.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call Crime Solvers at 574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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