Two Robberies In Two Weeks

WHEELING – Police continue to search for a man who robbed the Chase Bank on Market Street in downtown Wheeling on Friday.

The robbery occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Friday when a man entered the building and acted as if he had a gun. According to police Sgt. Rusty Jewel, the cashier was unable to tell whether the suspect had a gun.

“She didn’t actually see it, but he made a gesture,” Jewel said.

The suspect is described as a white man with dark hair who stands roughly 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He was wearing a red bandanna and dark sunglasses, a gray coat trimmed in black, faded blue jeans and black gloves.

After demanding money from the clerk and leaving the bank with an estimated $2,500, the suspect got into the passenger seat of a white Chrysler sedan driven by a female with dark hair. Two additional male passengers were in the back seat, Jewel said.

FBI officials also responded to the scene and were at the bank late Friday evening. Officers were seen putting caution tape around the perimeter of the building. A sign on the building’s entrance indicated a closure “due to a temporary emergency.”

The FBI will handle the remainder of the investigation, as is common practice following bank robberies. However, Sgt. Gregg McKenzie said he hopes the clear surveillance video and photos of the suspect are enough for someone to identify the suspect and come forward with information.

“Chase has great surveillance video,” McKenzie said. “Hopefully, someone recognizes this guy and we can lock him up.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wheeling Police Department at 304-234-3661

McKenzie said there was no connection between the robbery and a shooting on Wheeling Island that took place earlier Friday.

The incident is the second bank robbery in downtown Wheeling in as many weeks. On March 25, a teller at the United Bank branch on 12th Street was robbed by a man wielding a small blade.