Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 8, 2014

Police holding suspect in bike bank heist

BLUEFIELD — Local police have arrested a suspect in a June robbery of a downtown bank’s drive-through window.

An investigation began June 23 after an unidentified male on a black bicycle robbed the drive-through teller at the First Community Bank in downtown Bluefield. The suspect held a note up to the window demanding money and displayed a firearm.

Witnesses said the suspect was also wearing a black mask, black gloves and a black hoodie. The suspect fled east toward the intersection of Scott Street and Princeton Avenue. Members of the Bluefield Police Department and a K-9 unit with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department searched the area.

An undisclosed amount of money was stolen.

“We have a possible suspect in jail on unrelated charges,” Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department said Monday.

The suspect was being held on drug charges at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver, Adams said.

The adult male, whose name Adams declined to release immediately, was arrested Saturday at the Joy Mart on Bluefield Avenue when officers answered a call about a fight, Adams said.

Investigators are now waiting for the results of DNA testing to see if there is a link between the suspect and the robbery, Adams said. Samples of DNA were taken from evidence police have found in the course of their investigation.

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