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Police in Wheeling looking for bank robber

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Wheeling police are investigating a robbery at Chase Bank in Woodsdale.

It happened at 11:28 a.m. on Tuesday.

Officials describe the suspect as a black male, about 5-foot-8 to 5-10, wearing a hat, black jacket with patches on his sleeves and brown pants. He has a thin build and was wearing glasses.

Wheeling Police Chief Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said no one was injured and there is no evidence a weapon was used. Rather, the robber handed a clerk a note and told her to put the money in a bag.

“We have been able to confirm the suspect left the bank premises on foot, traveled just west of here, was observed via surveillance footage getting into a vehicle," Schwertfeger said.

That vehicle was occupied, the chief said, and the suspect got into the passenger side. The vehicle was described as four-door silver car – possibly either a Toyoto or Hyundai -- going westbound on U.S. 40.

That may provide law enforcement's biggest clue.

"We’ll be continuing to grab as much as video as we can," Schwertfeger said. "This Route 40, is National Road, it’s a very populated area. We’ll be trying to locate as much footage of the vehicle traveling west from this location."

The Wheeling Police Department has taken the lead on the investigation with assistance from the Ohio County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.

If you have any information, contact the Wheeling Police Department or our anonymous Crimebusters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.


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