By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH
With AP Dispatches
WHEELING - A Pittsburgh man charged with armed robbery of a Maryland bank also is a suspect in the robbery of the First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union in Elm Grove.
A Cecil County, Md., sheriff's deputy arrested 33-year-old Jeremy Dugan as a suspect in the robbery of a PNC Bank branch in Perryville, Md. Dugan is charged with armed robbery, theft and assault and is being held without bond.
Police said a man walked into the bank about 2:35 p.m. Monday and gave the teller a note saying he had a gun. The teller gave the man cash, and the robber fled in a car.
Wheeling Police Chief Robert Matheny said Wednesday that his department was aware of Dugan's arrest. Local investigators consider Dugan a suspect in the Elm Grove incident; however, Matheny noted Dugan has not yet been charged with that crime.
"We don't have any charges on the guy now, but our detectives have been working with agents from the (FBI) Pittsburgh division," Matheny said. "We were aware Mr. Dugan was arrested, and we consider him a suspect in the robbery here."
Matheny deferred to the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office, saying any additional details of the case would be released by them.
FBI spokesman Jeff Killeen previously said agents believed the man who held up the Elm Grove credit union was a "serial robber" who committed similar crimes in Pittsburgh.
On Aug. 31, he attempted to rob the First Commonwealth Bank in Oakdale, Pa. The FBI believes this suspect may also be responsible for robbing banks in downtown Pittsburgh in May.
About 1:30 p.m. Sept. 2, it is believed the same man robbed the Elm Grove credit union. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and in his early 30s. He was wearing a T-shirt with the word "Colorado" on it, white cargo pants and a white Steelers cap during that crime. The FBI determined the suspect was dressing in layers and stripping them off after leaving the scenes of the crimes in order to disguise his appearance.
In each robbery, the suspect handed a note to a teller demanding cash.