(12/12/2002)
Just like the days of the old west, bank robbery seems to be making a comeback in rural communities around the state, from Braxton County to Randolph County to Lincoln County.

A lone man, un-masked man, recently walked into a Gassaway Bank and held up the establishment, his picture caught on camera. Authorities quickly identified him.

A Lincoln County bank robber recently escaped on a mountain bike, not unlike a horse in Saturday afternoon western movies.

Virginia authorities just arrested a West Virginia couple Wednesday for allegedly robbing the Mountain National Bank in Beverly, Randolph County.

Rubin Carroll Slade Jr., 42, and Hilda Joy Slade, 28, were arrested in a Staunton, VA motel State Police at Elkins said authorities believe Rubin Slade pointed a small pistol at employees of the bank and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Rubin Slade allegedly stuffed the cash in a dirty white pillow case with pink flowers.

The Logan Bank and Trust in Harts was robbed Wednesday when a man entered the branch bank on W.Va. 10 and demanded money from employees. It was the second time in about a month.

Workers complied and the robber escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a 45-year-old white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall.

He was wearing dark sunglasses, a black toboggan and a thigh-length tan or green coat, the FBI said.

Investigators believe the suspected robber used a blue Ford Ranger pickup truck in connection with the robbery. The FBI considers the individual to be armed and dangerous.

The same bank was held up Nov. 6 by a bicyclist.


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