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Police continue to search for armed bank robber

Updated: Tuesday, March 25 2014, 05:33 PM EDT

By: Crissy Clutter and NEWS9


Wheeling police spent Tuesday afternoon searching for a man they say robbed the United Bank on 12th and Main Street in downtown Wheeling.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the man brandished a knife and demanded cash from a teller.

The white man was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and dark sunglasses at the time of the robbery, just before 1 p.m.

“We are currently investigating multiple leads and in situations like this we encourage citizens to act as our partners and help with any information they can provide,” said Schwertfeger.

Brie Douglas works across from the bank and said it was a scary scene.

“There were cops everywhere so we knew something had happened,” said Douglas.

Schwertfeger said they were looking into the possibility that the man scaled a fence, behind the bank, and hopped into a car.

The chief said he doesn’t believe the public is in any danger.

“The biggest motivating factor after a robbery is to get away so we don’t believe there’s any threat,” said Schwertfeger.

If you have any information you are urged to call police or call the NEWS9 Lauttamus Crimebusters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST or e-mail crimebusters@wtov.com.

Police continue to search for armed bank robber

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