The M&T Bank on the Dual Highway here in peaceful, racially tolerant Hagerstown, MD, was robbed at gunpoint yesterday by two masked men who were last seen running toward the rear of the nearby Weis grocery store on Eastern Boulevard. A teller happened to be on the phone as the two men in ski masks walked into the lobby, and told the person she was talking to call 911. A Washington County Deputy Sheriff arrived soon after and caught one of the men walking into the woods behind the bank. When the deputy approached in his cruiser, the man turned and produced a shotgun. He ordered the deputy to hand over his weapon, which the deputy did. He fired at the tire of the deputy’s cruiser, hitting the rim, then ran off with his partner through the woods, toward Weis. Both men — reportedly black, one tall and skinny, the other short and stocky — are still at large. Since the Herald-Mail is a useless embarrassment of a newspaper with the world’s worst website, here’s the story from MSNBC, courtesy of our local TV station, WHAG.
That was my bank those guys robbed. I opened my accounts there this past spring, after I got my tax refunds. The scary part: I was just in that building four months ago. It gives me a chill up my spine when I think that I could have been one of the people not killed by these brazen daylight burglars.
How much must it suck to be that first deputy on the scene? He pulls up, doesn’t even have a chance to get out of his car, and some dude’s pointing a shotgun at him and demanding his sidearm. Just goes to prove the point, never be the first person to arrive anywhere. If you’re a cop and you get a robbery call, and you’re the nearest to the scene, take your time. Go the speed limit, leave the flashers off. Slow down at that yellow light, give the other guys time to get there first, then go tearing into the parking lot with siren blaring like you’ve been racing in at top speed all this time.
Also, are we absolutely certain it was two black guys who did this? Because I’ve noticed Tim Rowland hanging around HCC a lot lately. It’s not far from the bank, and I do not trust that man. Technorati Tags: hagerstown, M&T Bank Robbery