No bond for alleged area bank robber

Posted: March 21, 2013

The Winchester Star

Scott Alexander Wessells

WINCHESTER — A local man who allegedly robbed Middletown’s only bank Tuesday was denied bond Wednesday.

Scott Alexander Wessells, 24, of the 100 block of Ettawah Trail in Shawneeland, appeared via video in Frederick County General District Court for an armed robbery charge.

Judge David S. Whitacre changed the charge from armed robbery to robbery of a business and ordered that Wessells be held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

BB&T Bank — located at 7800 Main Street in Middletown — was robbed at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when Wessells allegedly passed a note to a teller demanding all the money in her top two drawers, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

The note stated that he was carrying a bomb.

The teller turned over an unknown amount of cash and he fled the scene.

Middletown Police Department Chief Philip Breeden said Tuesday that there were three tellers on duty and no customers in the bank at the time.

No one was injured in the incident.

Wessells, who Breeden previously said made off with “several thousand dollars,” was found within an hour and a half at an apartment complex on Hailey Lane in Strasburg after a witness caught sight of him and reported it.

Breeden said Wessells was visiting people he knew at the residence where he was apprehended. He also said that all the money taken from the town’s bank was recovered.

The complaint states that officers searched the apartment and a blue bag containing “a large amount of cash and clothing that fit the description given by the teller.”

Wessells is expected back in the same court on the robbery charge at 2 p.m. June 18.

According to online court records, Wessells has been convicted in Frederick County of several drug-related charges, including possession and distribution of heroin and possession of cocaine.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com