(03/25/2005)
West Virginia, hard struck by chronic unemployment and listed at the bottom of USA states for low income and poverty, seems to be averaging a bank robbery every couple weeks.

This week, there have been two. One in Glasgow and one in Arbovale.

Thirty-year-old Duane Nathaniel Eaves of Pennsylvania is being held at the South Central Regional Jail on charges connected to the robbery of the City National Bank in Glasgow.

Eaves was captured by Clay County authorities after a description of the get-a-way car was aired.

State Trooper Bailey and Clay Sheriff Holcomb stopped the vehicle at gunpoint at Bell's Creek, both officers were out of their vehicle.

Trooper Bailey aimed his weapon toward the car and suspect, as did Clay Sheriff Holcomb, and the suspect stopped.

The police recovered the bank cash, which was on the seat of the vehicle.

Glasgow Police Chief Gary Vaughn says Eaves allegedly demanded money from a clerk and implied that he had a weapon.

Vaughn says Eaves is suspected of several other bank robberies, including two near York, Pennsylvania and at least one in Virginia.

Authorities have indicated Eaves has now confessed to the earlier crimes.

The second bank robber entered the Arbovale branch of the First Citizens Bank, armed with a handgun, at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He fled in a dark greenish-colored vehicle, possibly a Ford Probe, and is believed to have fled to the Staunton-Waynesboro-area of Virginia.


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