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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Arrest in 6 N. Va. bank robberies

By Caitlin Gibson

A West Virginia man has been charged with six bank robberies across Northern Virginia in October and November, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Benjamin L. Sebastian, 32, of Inwood, was arrested Saturday in West Virginia on felony charges stemming from two bank robberies in Winchester, according to police.

He is also charged with two bank robberies in Fairfax County and two bank robberies in Sterling, authorities said.

In each of the robberies, Sebastian either implied that he had a weapon or pulled out a gun, according to Loudoun sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents, Troxell said.

No others have been charged in connection to the robberies, Troxell said, but authorities continue to investigate whether Sebastian was acting alone.

A multi-jurisdictional investigation, including police in Loudoun, Winchester, and Fairfax and the FBI, first linked the bank robberies in November, police said.

Last week, the Winchester police department obtained a description of a vehicle that was believed to be used by the suspect in one of the robberies.

After the description was shared with area law enforcement, an off-duty Loudoun sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle in West Virginia, ultimately leading to Sebastian's arrest, authorities said.

Sebastian is currently being held in Eastern Regional Jail, police said.

By Caitlin Gibson  | December 16, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Loudoun  
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Lock him up and throw away the key. I don't care if anyone was injured in the robberies or not...stealing is stealing.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 16, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

He was just trying to get the money back the banks have ben stealing from us.

Posted by: Frank60 | December 16, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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