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Union First Market Bank robbed; suspect pedals away

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By CHELYEN DAVIS

In what a police spokeswoman described as one of the more unusual getaways she’s heard of, a man robbed the Union First Market Bank on Kenmore Avenue in Fredericksburg Saturday morning and then escaped on a bicycle.

According to Fredericksburg Police Department public information officer Natatia Bledsoe, the suspect came into the bank about 11:35 Saturday morning – shortly before it closed – and presented a teller with a note.

Bledsoe said he did not display a weapon, but did imply that he had one.

He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and left the scene on a bicycle. Bledsoe said it was a street bike, not a mountain bike.

Fredericksburg police called in a tracking dog from Spotsylvania County. Bledsoe said the dog did follow a track for some distance toward Caroline Street before losing it.

The suspect is a black male, in his mid 40s to mid 50s. He was wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt and black pants or sweatpants, and was wearing black square-rimmed sunglasses.

Fredericksburg police ask anyone with information to call them at 373-3122.

Bledsoe said that bank was robbed a few years ago. In that instance, police caught the suspects because their getaway car got a flat tire.

“This location is apparently a good one for unique getaways,” Bledsoe said.

She said she knows of no other bank robbery in the city in which the getaway vehicle was a bicycle.

“This is a new one for us,” Bledsoe said.

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