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Police Investigate Bank Robbery

For the second time within the first 30 days of the new year, an Alexandria bank has been the target of an armed robbery. The first was Jan. 11 and the second occurred on Jan. 19.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday a suspect entered Cardinal Bank, 1737 King St., approached the teller and demanded money to which the teller complied, according to Alexandria police.

The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"At this point we have not released any photos that may have been taken by security cameras," said Amy Bertsch, public information officer, Alexandria Police Department. "And, no arrests have been made as yet."

The suspect is described as a black male in his forties, approximately five feet, seven inches tall with a medium build. He was clean shaven, wearing a brown leather jacket and carrying a black briefcase, according to police.

The latest robbery occurred only a few blocks from a similar event on Jan. 11 at Virginia Commerce Bank, 1414 Prince St., according to Bertsch. "In that one we have a still photo from a security camera showing the suspect," she said. The suspect remains at large.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section, Alexandria Police Department at 703-838-4444 or 703-838-4711. Alexandria Police are being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in both cases.

<1b>— Chuck Hagee