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Woman sought in robbery try at bank surrenders


A 29-year-old West Virginia woman accused of attempting to rob a branch of the Taneytown Bank and Trust on Friday was held on $250,000 bond after she surrendered Sunday to Maryland State Police.

Norma Lee Bevard, formerly of Keymar and now living in Flemington, W.Va., surrendered to state police about 6:30 a.m., officers said.

Investigators said the woman is charged with attempted robbery, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, possession of a handgun and use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime.

Additional charges include assault with intent to rob, transporting a handgun, assault, attempted theft and openly displaying a dangerous and deadly weapon.

Police said the armed holdup was thwarted when the drive-through teller dropped to the floor of the Keymar branch office of Taneytown Bank and Trust. The teller told investigators that the driver of a red minivan stopped at the drive-in window, pointed a handgun at her and demanded money.

When the teller no longer was visible to the van driver, she drove away, police said.

The woman was persuaded to surrender by family members after they recognized her from a description provided by local news media, police said.

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