Wheeling bank robbed

WHEELING – Police combed the streets of Wheeling on Tuesday in search of a man who robbed the United Bank on 12th Street at knifepoint.

Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said that shortly before 1 p.m., a white man wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, light pants and black glasses entered the bank and walked directly to a teller.

“He handed the teller a note demanding money and then he ended up snatching cash out of the teller’s hand before he could finish collecting money from the tray,” Schwertfeger said.

A Schwertfeger said the robber showed a “cutting instrument” that could have been a knife, a box cutter, screwdriver or similar instrument. He said the robber was last seen jumping a fence near a lot behind the bank and then fleeing toward Market Street.

Schwertfeger said the thief got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, several city police units and at least one sheriff’s deputy assisted in the investigation. Schwertfeger said any information from the public could assist in the ongoing investigation.