Retailer robbed when depositing day's cash

Dec. 8--NORTHFORK -- The search continued Friday for an armed robber who got away with a night deposit that was being made by a department store employee at a McDowell County bank.

Troopers with the West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment were dispatched to the Ameribank in Northfork late Thursday night after a masked man allegedly robbed an employee of the Family Dollar store who was attempting to make a late night deposit at the bank, Trooper First Class C.F. Kane,

Kane said a male subject wearing a hood over his head and a black in color bandana over his face approached an employee of the Family Dollar as the employee was attempting to make the night deposit at the bank, and physically grabbed her and took her deposit money. The victim stated the suspect had an unknown item in his hand at the time of the crime.

Kane said the man then fled on foot. The woman was not injured in the incident.

Kane said the suspect was of medium build and about 5'10 or 6 feet tall. He was wearing a gray pullover sweatshirt with a hood and had a white T-shirt on underneath. The man was wearing a pair of light blue baggy denim jeans and white shoes with a tread that resembles a boot pattern.

Kane said the suspect also had a white pair of cloth gloves on during the commission of the crime. Kane said the palms on the gloves were gray in color.

A K-9 unit was contacted, and attempted to track the suspect.

"We did have a state police K-9 unit to respond to the area," Kane said. "We did get a partial track, but we didn't capture the suspect at that point," Kane said. "Any information (from the public) greatly would be appreciated. Any tips will be held anonymous."

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the night deposit.

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