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Two Md. Schools Put On Alert After Armed Bank Robbery

Two Allegany County elementary schools were put on alert Wednesday after an armed robbery at a nearby bank.

LAVALE, Md. - Two Allegany County schools were put on alert Wednesday after an armed robbery at a nearby bank.

Police say the suspect, a white male in his 40’s about 6’0’’ tall, walked into the Susquehanna Bank on National Highway with a handgun just after 10 a.m.

He demanded cash from the teller, and after putting an undisclosed amount of money in a black satchel, he fled on foot through the back door of the bank.

Police say a red dye pack in the money exploded in the parking lot behind the bank, so the suspect should have remnants of red dye on him.

Park Side Elementary and Cash Valley Elementary were put on lock-in status as a precaution.

"A lock-in is where the interior of the school operates on a normal basis,” said Bob Farrell, Coordinator of Safety and Security and Risk Management for Allegany Public Schools. “Children do not go outside for example, for recess or for play time. Everything is contained inside the school"

The lock-in was lifted at about 1 p.m., but police were present during dismissal to ensure everyone's safety.

"We had a police presence for both elementary schools for the parents as the children were released to the parents individually by the school staff," said Farrell. "We have reacted to…a possible threat to the safety of many children. We say that that's paramount in the board of education's view: the safety and security of the children."

Police say they are still looking for the suspect. They say he was wearing a long sleeve blue dress shirt, dark colored jeans, and a black cowboy type hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call Maryland State Police at (301) 729-2101 or the C31 Unit at (301) 777-0326. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at (301) 722-4300.

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