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Bank Robbery Near Ballston Metro

by ARLnow.com November 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm 5,631 34 Comments

(Updated at 1:05 p.m.) A bank robbery has been reported in Ballston.

Initial reports suggest a man with a gun held up the Presidential Bank at 901 N. Stuart Street. The bank is less than a block from the Ballston Metro station and a block and a half from Ballston Common Mall.

Police are now looking for the suspect, who fled the bank after the robbery. Per normal police procedure, Arlington County detectives are on the scene and the FBI has been notified.

This is the second reported bank robbery at this particular branch this year. The bank was also robbed in July.

  • robber

    Did you miss me?

  • ARLrez

    Here we go again!

  • Mr. Brown

    It’s like an old friend coming back into town, and robbing a bank.

    • MC 703

      Jack Handy-esque. +1 Hampers

  • nunya

    tis the season.

  • NrNy2ArlVa

    I guess flipping over cars just lacked the excitement.

  • Brian

    Same exact bank was hit in the end of July: http://www.arlnow.com/2011/07/29/breaking-news-bank-robbery/

  • novasteve

    Well, I feel safe knowing the police are focusing on making sure people have their tax stickers and making sure no illegal signs are up!

  • Ballston

    Just walked by. Cop cars everywhere and a cop with a megaphone. Couldn’t understand what he was saying though.

    • copper

      “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”

      • curious george

        “Reeeeed Robin!”

        • Narlington


  • ArlingtonChick

    What is it about Arlington banks that make them so enticing to rob?

    • CW

      Hint – compare number of robberies in the last year to number of robbers caught. Compare with number of tax sticker violations handed out.

  • Amc

    There are cops everywhere – even one standing in the Starbucks next door – not exactly sure why, perhaps to block the door to the hallway between them and the bank?

  • novasteve

    Make the Artisphere into a bank! It will at least attract bank robbers.

    • FairlingtonD


    • Richard Cranium

      You, sir, owe me a new keyboard.

      • novasteve

        Coffee or cola?

  • DoThePerpWalk

    Description of the perp?

  • brendan

    looking forward to another 75x75px mini-thumbnail of the suspect from ACPD.

    • CW

      Enlarge, zoom, enhance!

  • If the cops can use bait cars to catch car theives, why can’t they figure out they should use a bait bank to catch chronic Arlington bank robbers? Put an undercover officer in the bank until the damn thing is robbed. It may take 6 months, but in the end you’ll have your guy (or girl).

    • Josh S

      Hey OB –


      Police Department non-emergency number. An expert like you should at least get paid for your ideas…..

      • SomeGuy

        Josh S., I don’t think they actually pay for submission of good ideas via that phone number.

      • I can’t read your sarcasm or lack of it. Whether it is a good idea or not, it is better than doing NOTHING.

    • brendan

      that might have been a good idea this summer, but the robberies are pretty spread out right now to the point the money spent on man hours wouldn’t come close to justifying the losses. (assuming it’s in the low 5 digits or less).

      one thing i’ve always thought would be a good idea, and has been technologically feasible for awhile now…

      Being able to blast out a pic of suspect to all county police officers within 60 seconds of someone hitting the panic button. I assume all of a company’s bank cams are networked to a central or at least regional monitoring location, which should be able to capture a couple snapshots and send out to law enforcement officers in the field within seconds.

      pretty cheap too… You can build something for your home that does this remotely for a few thousand bucks including cams/software/computers.

      • CW

        What I don’t understand is why an iPhone can have full hi-def video but a BANK can only afford 150X150 pixel resolution.

        • CrystalMikey

          True but think of all the video that has to be stored. That storage adds up.

          • Lee-n-Glebe

            Delete at the end of each day when there hasn’t been a robbery, perhaps?

          • brendan

            eh. not really.

            you can buy a 2TB drive off the shelf for $100 which can hold 1,500+ hrs of high def 720p footage (in .mkv format, would only be around 480 in .avi)

            So even if you had 5 HD security cameras filming continuously 24/7 in 720p, it would take almost 10 days to fill before you had to setup an autowipe of older footage.

            And high quality HD security cams that are able to be networked can be bought for under a $100 apiece.

          • CW

            So what I’ve taken away from all these months of bank robbery discussion is that banks really don’t care of they’re robbed, since it’s not that much cash to them, they have insurance, and those insurance payouts and the bank’s premiums will simply be spread out across all the bank’s customers (us). Great!

          • brendan

            the formula for prevention and response to bank robberies in terms of economics and public safety is pretty bizarre. Banks and law enforcement pretty much go to extremes to avoid hostages and violence probably for both insurance and brand/public image. I remember a story of a teller in Seattle who was actually fired for chasing after and capturing a bank robber since it was against company procedures.

            That said, still don’t understand the economics of producing crappy photos of the suspects, whether it’s the fault of the bank’s equipment or the inability of the Arlington Police to use image enhancement software. I think the two we had going around this summer would have been apprehended much sooner if they had circulated higher quality photos.

  • Rick

    In other news, Presidential Bank had a customer today


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