A man armed with a sawed-off shotgun escaped with $174 after robbing the Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. branch in Manchester at 1:40 p.m. yesterday.
The robber walked into the bank in the center of Manchester while no customers were there, demanded money and threatened the three employees with the shotgun.
One of the tellers gave the gunman a stack of $1 bills, and he fled out the rear door. He ran across the parking lot of a pharmacy to the parking lot of the Manchester Post Office, state police said.
Investigators said they received information that an older model light blue Chevrolet station wagon, with gray primer on the driver's door, was seen leaving the lot about the same time. Police in the Baltimore metropolitan area and southern Pennsylvania were alerted and were searching for the vehicle last night.
Police described the bandit as a white man about 30 years old with a medium build and brown hair, wearing a green, hooded sweat shirt, a purple scarf and an Army-style field jacket.
Word of the first bank robbery of 1994 in Carroll County spread quickly in the small town of Manchester as shopkeepers called each other with the news.
At a barber shop about a block away from the bank, a customer who declined to give his name said he and four other customers were discussing the way Manchester used to be -- when the residents never locked their doors -- when they learned of the robbery.
Manchester police, state investigators and the FBI went to the bank to investigate.
The state police mobile crime laboratory examined the scene, and a K-9 from the county sheriff's department attempted, unsuccessfully, to follow the path of the robber from the bank to the post office lot.
Anyone with information about the robbery is requested to call the state police at Westminster barracks, (410) 848-3111.