Update: West Virginia man charged with six regional bank robberies
A 32-year-old Inwood, W.Va., man has been charged with six regional bank robberies, including two in Loudoun.
On Dec. 11, police arrested Benjamin L. Sebastian in connection with a Nov. 29 bank robbery in Winchester.
Then, on Dec. 15, he was charged for the two in Loudoun – a Nov. 20 robbery of the Wachovia Bank in Community Plaza in Sterling and an Oct. 6 armed robbery of the Bank of America in Sterling’s Regal Plaza, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said.
For those robberies, he is charged with two counts each of entering a bank with the intent of committing a robbery, robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Troxell said.
Along with the two Loudoun robberies, Sebastian has been charged with two bank robberies in Winchester and two bank robberies in Fairfax County.
Authorities broke the case last week when the Winchester Police Department got a description of a vehicle that the robber could be using.
Winchester police sent the vehicle description to area law enforcement, and an off-duty Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw one that matched the description in West Virginia. The information ended up leading to Sebastian’s arrest, Troxell said.
The FBI has been involved in the case since the first Winchester robbery Nov. 4.