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Hancock County Savings Bank robbed

February 19, 2013
Morning Journal News

NEW CUMBERLAND-Hancock County authorities are searching for a suspect in the robbery of the New Cumberland branch of Hancock County Savings Bank this afternoon.

The robbery was reported at about noon at the branch office, 1200 Ridge Ave., New Cumberland.

Officers with the New Cumberland Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department are on the scene investigating.

New Cumberland Police Chief Lester Skinner said the robber did not show a weapon but did have a note. Skinner said his office may release photos of the suspect later this afternoon.

Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said his office also expects to issue a news release later today.

This is the second robbery at the bank in four and a half years.

The New Cumberland branch was robbed in August 2008 by a man who then fled to Texas and joined the military.

Robert Solerno, 25, pleaded guilty to a bank robbery charge last week in Hancock County Circuit Court-16 months after being returned to West Virginia from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Solerno, who was 19 at the time of the robbery, had been living in Steubenville under house arrest with GPS monitoring, Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis said.

Solerno entered a plea before Judge Larry Starcher, who sentenced him to a maximum of two years at the Anthony Correctional Center for youthful offenders in Neola, W.Va., Davis said.

If Solerno does not comply with the restrictions of his sentence, he would face 10-20 years at a state prison, Davis said.



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