Hancock County Bank Robbed

NEW CUMBERLAND – Less than a week after the last New Cumberland bank robber was sentenced, the same bank was hit again.

Hancock County authorities are searching for a suspect in Tuesday’s robbery of the New Cumberland branch of Hancock County Savings Bank. The robbery was reported shortly before noon.

Officers with the New Cumberland Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department are conducting a joint investigation. New Cumberland Police Chief Lester Skinner said the robber did not show a weapon but did have a note.

“He used a note to communicate and spoke to them briefly and told them to give him (money),” Skinner said.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said the suspect, described as a white male in his mid-20s to early-40s, entered the bank while no customers were inside and presented a note to a cashier. He fled the scene on foot and got into a black, four-door Chevrolet Cavalier, or something similar, with a loud exhaust, Fletcher said.

The suspect, described as being 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall and wearing a dark baseball cap, a yellow T-shirt over a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and gloves, was last seen headed south on Blackhorse Road, where police believe he entered W.Va. 2 in south New Cumberland, Fletcher said.

“We’ve sent out the information on the individual and vehicle, as well as surveillance footage to local (law enforcement) agencies,” he said.

It is unclear whether the New Cumberland bank robbery is related to another bank robbery at the Home Savings and Loan in Glenmoor several hours later.

Hancock County Savings Bank Vice President of Human Resources Barbara Matey said no employees or customers were harmed. The branch stayed closed for the rest of the day.

“The police will continue their investigation,” she said, “and will be interviewing our employees.”

This is the second robbery in four-and-a-half years at he New Cumberland branch, which sits across the street from the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office. It was robbed in August 2008 by a man who then fled to Texas and joined the military.

Anyone with information regarding the latest robbery or the suspect is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department at 304-564-3911.