The car used in a Monday robbery at the United Bank in Bethlehem was discovered in the parking lot of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Elm Grove on Tuesday morning.
At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Bethlehem Police along with the Ohio County Sheriff's Department, were on the scene.
The car was reportedly stolen from Martins Ferry prior to the robbery. Witnesses at the scene on Tuesday morning also reported seeing a gun in the car.
Meanwhile, police continued to search for the suspect as of Wednesday morning.
The robbery occurred around 11 a.m. Monday and the suspect fled scene in an early 1990s maroon four-door Dodge Spirit, according to the Wheeling Police Department. He was reportedly carrying a handgun and wearing a green jacket, blue shirt with symbols, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, gloves and a black ski mask.
The suspect is between 5'8 and 5'11 and was described as having a thick build.
Bethlehem Police, the West Virginia State Police and the Ohio County Sheriff's Department all responded to the scene.
Bethlehem Elementary was also placed under lockdown for a short time.
The robbery is the third within three weeks in the Wheeling area. On March 25, the United Bank on 12th and Main streets in Wheeling was robbed by a suspect who robbed the bank at knifepoint, and still remains on the run. According to police, the suspect ran up 12th Street after robbing the bank, jumped a wooden fence between Ernie's Cork and Bottle and the bank, and ran through a parking lot to Market Street. From there, his path was unknown.
The second robbery occurred at the Chase Bank on Market Street in Wheeling in early April. The suspect entered the bank, passed a crumpled note to the teller, and asked her for the money in the drawer. He also showed the teller a gun that was in his right pocket. After receiving about $2800 in cash, the suspect then fled the building, entered into a vehicle on the street and drove off, according to police. The get-away vehicle was described as a late 1990's early 2000's Chrysler Sebring, four door, with a female driver and one to three more passengers in the vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ohio County Sheriff's Department at 304-234-3680. You can also call the WTRF Lauttamus Security Crime Fighters tip line at 1-800-223-0312.