A young white man of medium height and weight, flashing a small handgun in his left hand, robbed the Crozet branch of the U.Va. Community Credit Union in the Clover Lawn shops on Rt. 250 March 13 at about 10:20 a.m. On entering, the robber demanded money, then jumped through the teller window in front of Susan Miller, took an undisclosed amount and ran away west down the parking lot behind the adjoining block of businesses.
Albemarle County Police immediately announced a description of the suspect and released photos from the security cameras. Teller Betty Raines, branch manager Alan Shenk and a customer witnessed the robbery. They told police the suspect was wearing a grey hooded sweat shirt, with a white T-shirt protruding from the bottom of the sweat shirt, tan or khaki trousers, white tennis shoes and a blue bandanna with white spots over his face.
No one was caught and two weeks later Police Lt. Todd Hopwood said the case is still being investigated. Anyone having information related to robbery should contact the police at 296-5807 or Crime Stoppers at: 977-4000.
Miller came back to her spot. “You gotta get back up on the horse,” she said. Her retirement date is coming up soon and it’s looking even better now.
Credit Union superiors, citing the police investigation, told the employees not to describe what happened for the Gazette. Meanwhile they work on as normal, but they remember the day clearly.
The bank robbery was the first in town memory in at least 20 years. The former First Virginia branch in the Crozet Shopping Center, now a BB&T branch, was robbed about 25 years ago when a man presented a threatening note to tellers there. He was later caught. The old porticoed Virginia National Bank, destroyed in 1980 to make way for what is now Bank of America, had its night deposit box broken into on a Sunday night about 35 years ago and the many church and store deposits were stolen. That robbery was never solved.