BREAKING NEWS — Bank Robbery In Ballston

by ARLnow.com April 23, 2010 at 10:53 am 3,450 6 Comments

Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred around 10:20 this morning at the HSBC bank in Ballston (4075 Wilson Blvd), less than a block from the Ballston Common Mall.

Police say the subject is a white male between 5’6″ and 5’8″, about 45 years old, with a slight beard. He was wearing an army green jacket, carpenter-style jeans and a tan safari hat. He was also carrying a black messenger bag.

The suspect entered the bank and demanded cash, police said. He did not display a weapon and no one was injured.

The man was last seen heading eastbound on Wilson Boulevard. Police canvassed local Metro stations and attempted a K-9 track, but could not locate the suspect.

The FBI is on the scene assisting with the investigation.

Update at 4:50 p.m. — Police have released a surveillance image of the suspect (right). He was wearing sunglasses at the time of the robbery.

Anybody with information about the case should call the Arlington County Police Department Tip Line at 703-228-4242.

Witnesses can also report information anonymously through Arlington County Crime Solvers at 1866-411-TIPS (8477).

  • “[T]he subject is a white male between 4′6″ and 5′0″, about 45 years old, wearing a green army jacket and a tan safari hat.” A 45 year old white male less than 5′ tall? Is Verne Troyer in town? How did he even get over the counter to talk to the teller?

    • That was the initial description — and yes, that’s pretty small for a bank robber. Police have since revised the description to between 5’5″ and 5’8″

      • Wow. Was it a typo by the police, or did they just clarify some bad information? The initial description was off by nearly a foot.

        • The initial reports are based on a witness account and often change once investigators have a chance to review surveillance footage. It’s not “official.” We relayed what we were hearing with the belief that it’s better to get something out there rather than keeping people in the dark.

  • Oh I’m not criticizing, just amazed that the police initially reported that a bank-robbing little person was on the loose.

    • MB

      I know. I’m kinda disappointed, myself.


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