Law enforcement authorities are searching for a man who robbed a Purcellville bank last week, the first bank robbery in the rural western town in nearly 30 years.
Purcellville police said the man walked into the First Union Bank at 611 E. Main St. about 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, ordered everyone to put their hands up and demanded money from a teller.
Police said a teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, which the man stuffed into a black canvas bag. The robber, who never showed a weapon, then fled the bank, police said.
Purcellville Police Chief Duane Atkisson said the crime has shocked the town, which had its last bank robbery 29 years ago. Atkisson said that he had no details about that robbery and that the bank has long since closed.
"This is not normal day-to-day Purcellville activity," Atkisson said. "We're a small, rural neighbor-knows-neighbor community."
Police said the robber, whose image was captured in clear security camera photos, is white, 18 to 20 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has light brown hair and a dark "necklace-like" tattoo on his neck, police said.
Police said the robber was wearing a gray sweat shirt and dark baseball cap.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the FBI have joined Purcellville police in the investigation.
CAPTION: Security cameras at the First Union Bank on Main Street in Purcellville got a clear picture of the suspect in last week's robbery. The man is still at large.