Police searching for United Bank robber

Posted: August 3, 2013

This is the man police say robbed United Bank just after 9:40 a.m. They are still looking for him.
UPDATE (3:50 p.m.) - The suspect was seen getting into a white, late 1980s or early 1990s Chevrolet truck. He was seen leaving on Elm Street and turning westbound on Berryville Avenue. The case remains under investigation, and police are still looking for the man. 

Photos of the suspect have been released by the police department.

WINCHESTER - City police are searching for a man who they say robbed a local bank this morning.

Lauren Cummings, Winchester Police Department spokeswoman, said the robbery occurred just after 9:40 a.m. at United Bank, 1041 Berryville Avenue.

A white man, who did not appear suspicious, entered the bank and demanded money. He did not display a weapon and there were no reported injuries, according to Cummings. 

Cummings said that the man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, and was last seen heading in a direction behind the bank.

The suspect is described to be in his late 30s, between 6' and 6'1'' and 180 to 190 pounds. He has a scruffy beard and was wearing a white baseball cap, black long sleeves mock turtleneck and black cargo shorts, Cummings said.

Police K-9 units are on scene trying to track the man down. 

Anyone with any information about the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call police at 540-545-4704 or Crimesolvers at 540-665-8477.

There was an attempted robbery at the same bank branch June 28. Police arrested 28-year-old John Matthew Jenkins, of Stephens City, the same day that he tried unsuccessfully to enter the bank. Charges of attempted robbery against him are pending in Winchester General District Court. 

Jenkins' girlfriend at the time, Laurie Cavanaugh, 34, also was charged in the incident with being an accessory to the attempted robbery. Her charge also is pending in the courts. 

The robbery from this morning took place at the same bank that James Louis Whittlesey robbed in October 2011.

He was sentenced to six life sentences for robbing five banks in three states.

Whittlesey's robbery of the United Bank, at the time, was the fourth at the branch in three years. 

United Bank has seven branches in the Winchester area.