UPDATE: Search Tied To Bank Heist, Sources Say
Police Descend On Mobile Home Park Outside City
Police searched a residence and this shed at a mobile home park outside of Harrisonburg today. Sources say the search is related to Monday's bank robbery at a BB&T branch in Harrisonburg. (Photo by Nikki Fox)
A crime scene technician carries an evidence bag with a pair of gloves found during the search. It's not known yet if the gloves were the ones used in Monday's bank heist. (Photo by Nikki Fox)
HARRISONBURG — A SWAT team descended on a mobile home park just outside Harrisonburg this afternoon in what sources say was an operation tied to Monday’s robbery of a BB&T bank in the city.
Investigators and evidence technicians with the Harrisonburg Police Department were seen early at about 2:30 p.m. going through at least one home in the park, located off Opal Drive just southwest of the city. SWAT team members had already left the scene by that point, according to sources close to the investigation.
It’s not clear who lives at the residence or if anyone was taken into custody.
HPD officers involved in the search were mum today on why they were there or what they were looking for. But sources close to the investigation say the search was related to the bank robbery, which occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday at the BB&T branch on South High Street.
Police say a light-skinned black or Hispanic man walked into the bank wearing dark clothes, a baseball cap, winter gloves, sunglasses and a bandana that covered much of his face, pulled out a handgun and demanded money from a teller. The robber was last seen fleeing the bank property on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
During today’s search of the mobile home park, a crime scene technician was seen carrying a plastic evidence bag with a pair of gloves in it, but it’s not known if the gloves match those worn by the bank robber.
The Daily News-Record will update this story as details become available and will have a complete report in Friday’s print and online editions. The DN-R does not publish Thursday due to the Independence Day holiday.