NEW: Police Probe Weyers Cave Bank Robbery
Heist Second One In Augusta Town Since October
WEYERS CAVE — The Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police and Shenandoah Valley Airport Police responded to Carter Bank and Trust for a reported robbery earlier this afternoon.
According to a statement from the sheriff's office, an employee of the bank at 81 Franklin St. called 911 at approximately 2:53 pm. The suspect is described as a white man, 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.
He was wearing khaki carpenter-style shorts, a gray hoodie, a red undershirt and tan Nike shoes, according to the statement. The suspect, who also was described as having blue eyes and dark facial hair, left the bank on foot heading south.
Investigators were still on location gathering information as of 5 p.m.
This was the second bank robbery in the small northern Augusta County community within the last 10 months. On Oct. 5, the United Bank at 54 Franklin St. — next door to Carter Bank — was robbed.
Police say that George R. Gaunt, 25, of Louisville, Ky., who was taken into custody in Minnesota on Oct. 15, is believed to be responsible for the earlier Weyers Cave robbery as well as three others.
Witnesses of the October robbery told police the lone suspect had entered the bank and presented one of the tellers with a note announcing the robbery and threatening to kill everyone in the bank if his demands weren’t met.
After grabbing an unspecified amount of cash, he fled on foot toward Interstate 81.