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Arnoldsburg Branch Robbed
Second Time In Two Years
by Robin Gordon
     

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One of the most rural banks in West Virginia was robbed for the second time in two years on Monday.

The Arnoldsburg branch of Calhoun Banks was held up at approximately 9:45 a.m. by an unidentified male wielding a hunting knife.

According to Sgt. O.S. Starsick of the Grantsville Detachment of West Virginia State Police, the suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money.

Starsick described the suspect as early 20’s-30’s, white male with a slender build, 5’10” to 6’ tall.

He was said to be wearing camo-style pants, brown boots, a brown colored hooded sweat jacket, and a camouflage ball cap.

“When he entered the bank, he kept his left hand over his face, so his facial description is vague,” said Starsick.

The unknown male fled the scene on a blue 1993 two-wheel drive Honda Fourtrax four-wheeler.

Starsick believes the four-wheeler was stolen from Walnut Road, since a similar vehicle was reported missing earlier.

 A surveillance camera at the Arnoldsburg Branch of Calhoun Banks caught the alleged robber on camera as he left the lobby. There were few details of his face, as he kept it covered.

The suspect was believed to have escaped on Spring Run, which is located near Arnoldsburg Elementary School, but witnesses allegedly saw the four-wheeler on Rt. 16 and other locations.

If you have any information, call the Grantsville Detachment, 354-6334.

The previous robbery at the branch was on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. The perpetrator, Darin Stephen McClain, was arrested the following day in Akron, Ohio, with a substantial amount of the $14,000 reported stolen.

McClain was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison.

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