Bank of Charles Town Robbed, Deputies Search for Suspect

- MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for a suspect who they say robbed a local bank earlier Wednesday morning. 

The call came in around 9 a.m. at the Bank of Charles Town on 9738 Tuscarora Pike in Martinsburg. Deputies have not yet released his name and age, but are asking for the public's help in finding the man responsible. 

A deputy with the sheriff's office says a man entered the bank, and hung around the lobby looking slightly confused. The bank manager approached the man and asked if he needed any help. The man said no and approached the teller, slipping a note over to the clerk, demanding money and stated he had a weapon. 

"During him slipping a note to the bank clerk, he did have what looked like some sort of work bag, gym-bag type, and alleged there was an explosive device and that if anybody touched it, it would go off," said Scott Richmond, Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. 

No one was hurt during the robbery, but the suspect did run off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The West Virginia State Police later responded after hearing a bomb might have been involved, but it turned out the bag only contained work boots and tools. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 5'10" in height, last seen wearing blue jeans, a neon "puffy" yellow jacket and a possible blue sweatshirt under his jacket. He was reported to have fled "south". 

According to officials with Berkeley County Schools, all schools in the area remained open and running as normal during the incident. 

If anyone has information regarding this crime, they're asked to call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at (304)-267-7000.

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