, 2014

Quick response stymies getaway
attempt after armed bank robbery

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Travis Devon Wiggins

LIVELY—Travis Devon Wiggins, 26, of the 13200 block of Mary Ball Road was arrested Wednesday, May 22, in connection with an armed bank robbery at Chesapeake Bank in Lively, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Martin Shirilla.

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The suspect in a bank robbery at Chesapeake Bank in Lively was apprehended on Route 3 in Lancaster last Wednesday. Above, investigators talk to the man, who was being held in car 8.
Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Wiggins has been charged with five felonies and was being held at the Lancaster County jail without bond pending arraignment on May 28.

According to Shirilla, the sheriff’s department responded to a reported armed robbery at the bank around 11:20 a.m. last Wednesday. Bank employees provided a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, which was intercepted without incident near Mary Ball and Merry Point roads at about 11:30 a.m.

Shirilla said deputies executed a search warrant for the vehicle and recovered $11,190 cash and a 12-gauge shotgun with pistol grips.  The case holding the money was readily identified as coming from the bank, and the total matched the amount an internal audit reported as missing.

Chesapeake Bank executive vice president John O’Shaughnessy discusses the robbery with Virginia State Trooper John Lee Lewis.
Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The felony charges against Wiggins include being armed with a deadly weapon while entering a banking house with the intent to commit larceny of money, bonds, notes or other evidence of debt; using, attempting to use, or displaying in a threatening manner a firearm while committing or attempting to commit a robbery; stealing U.S. currency valued at $200 or more and belonging to Chesapeake Bank; knowingly and intentionally possessing or transporting a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell, give or distribute.

The bank was cordoned off by deputies until 12:30 p.m., said Shirilla. John O’Shaunessy, executive vice president of Chesapeake Bank, arrived about noon and closed the bank for the remainder of the day to conduct the internal audit.

Although shaken, none of the bank employees were injured during the robbery, according to Shirilla.

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