CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Police are investigating a reported armed bank robbery along Barracks Road in Charlottesville.
Authorities were called out to the Atlantic Union Bank just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 14. A masked suspect is said to have showed a handgun to the tellers, demanded money, and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police believe a red Jeep Cherokee was used in the robbery. An SUV matching that description was soon located in the area of the Hessian Hills Apartment complex in Albemarle County, and investigators called for a bloodhound to assist in their search. The suspect vehicle is believed to have been stolen.
Investigators are reviewing security camera footage, as well. CPD Chief RaShall Brackney says the suspect is believed to be a man who was “heavily clothed,” which is making it difficult to provide a detailed description.
“We are asking that if anyone does have information, please let us know. We do know this person was armed, so we would ask that you take caution and not approach the individual, to call your local law enforcement authorities.,” Brackney said.
There were no reports of injuries at the bank.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.
01/14/2019 Release from the Charlottesville Police Department:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- On January 14, 2020, at approximately 1259 hours, Charlottesville Police Department officers responded for the report of an armed robbery at a bank in the 2100 block of Barracks Road.
Upon arrival, an employee stated that a masked, heavily-clothed individual brandished a handgun to the teller, demanded money, and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the incident.
A stolen red Jeep Cherokee used in the robbery was later recovered in Albemarle County. CPD is collaborating with local and state partners who are actively searching for the suspect at this time.
The suspect is described as possibly a light-skinned black male or white male. Anyone with information is asked to call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000. A reward of up to $1,000 is available through Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest.