Manassas police concerned about rash of bank robberies
Whether it's the bad economy or just the age-old adage that banks are where the money is, robbers continue to target Manassas-area bank branches at an alarming rate.
Manassas City police on Thursday announced the fifth bank robbery in the area since Nov. 12, a rash of incidents that is drawing serious concern.
On Wednesday, a man entered a BB&T bank in the 8700 block of Centreville Road at 4:30 p.m., approached a teller and demanded money, according to police. The teller complied and the suspect exited via the bank's rear doors before taking off in an unknown direction.
Much like many bank robberies in the region, the robber did not display a weapon and was able to walk out, in broad daylight. He left with an unspecified amount of cash.
This time, though, surveillance cameras got a pretty good image of the suspect, described as a hispanic or middle eastern man, approximately 25-35 years old, roughly just under 6 feet tall. He had a mustache and a beard and was wearing a navy blue jacket, baseball cap and dark pants.
Police do not believe the suspect is the same man connected to four other bank robberies in the Manassas area over the past two months. Still, police are concerned that robbers might think banks in the area are easy marks.
"We don't know why there have been so many, but in the first four, we believe it's someone who must really know the area," said Sgt. Tim Neumann, a Manassas police spokesman. "Perhaps the banks need to examine their policies."
Police ask that anyone with information about the robberies call Det. Guyton at (703) 257-8044, or to call Manassas Crime Solvers at (703) 330-0330, where callers can leave anonymous tips.
-- Josh White
January 21, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
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