Checks lead cops to bank suspect

RANSON – Police did not have much difficulty identifying the man suspected of robbing the BB&T bank branch in Ranson.

At around 12:40 p.m. Friday, Elmer Eugene Taylor, 52 of Kearneysville, allegedly told bank tellers that he had a bomb in a small cardboard box, ordering them to count out $100 and $50 bills. When he allegedly left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, he left the box behind.

[cleeng_content id="926898935" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Police used a bomb squad robot to investigate the package. The box was full of checkbooks belonging to Taylor, complete with his address and phone number, according to police reports.

Police surrounded BB&T in Ranson Friday, blocking traffic around Lancaster Circle while an ordnance disposal robot investigated a package a robber had claimed contained a bomb.

Police surrounded BB&T in Ranson Friday, blocking traffic around Lancaster Circle while an ordnance disposal robot investigated a package a robber had claimed contained a bomb.

Taylor is currently incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail on a $200,000 bond facing charges of bank robbery, grand larceny and making terrorist threats.

According to police reports, Taylor’s son had dropped him off at the bank to “get some bank items straightened out,” and later returned to the bank while police were on the scene, unaware of what had happened. When shown a picture of the suspected robber, Taylor’s son identified his father as the man in the picture.

According to Captain Robbie Roberts of the Ranson Police Department, Taylor was found a few hours later at Hollywood Casino, playing a slot machine.

Taylor is due for his first appearance in court at 2:15 on Dec. 31 for a preliminary hearing.

Roberts said that a recent string of bank robberies in the local area should cause residents to increase their guard.

“The sad thing is that there has been a lot more of this lately,” he said. “Be more aware of your surroundings.”

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