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Residents in Wheeling worry about crime

Updated: Monday, April 7 2014, 05:48 PM EDT

By:Crissy Clutter and NEWS9


Neighbors in Wheeling are on high alert after a recent spike in crime.

Almost two weeks ago the United Bank at 12th and Main streets in downtown Wheeling was robbed.

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

The white man was wearing a 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.

Friday, another bank was robbed.

According to investigators, a white male subject walked into Chase Bank and made indication of a weapon in his pocket to the clerk.

The clerk then surrendered what she believed to be about $2,500. After taking the cash, the robber fled out the front door and into a white car that police believe could have been a Chrysler.

He is also still on the run. He is described as a white man about 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 145 pounds, with brown hair cut short and a gray beard with a mole on his left cheek.

Police say he was wearing a gray coat with a black hood, black gloves, dark sunglasses and a red bandanna.

Sgt. Gregg McKenzie with the Wheeling Police Department said they are currently investigating, along with the FBI, the incidents separately.

"We have received bits of information and are following those leads," said McKenzie.

McKenzie said that he believes some these crimes are being committed by desperate people.

"These people are desperate so they're going to any means they can to obtain what they need," said McKenzie.

In an unrelated incident a man was shot in the head, in his home on Wheeling Island, Friday afternoon. Police are still searching for the shooter, but believe it may be drug-related.

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

Residents in Wheeling worry about crime

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