West Virginia Man Charged in Connection with Two Sterling Bank Robberies | Crime
From Loudoun Sheriff:
Loudoun County, VA: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Investigators have obtained warrants for a West Virginia man in connection with two bank robberies that occurred in Sterling, Virginia. Law enforcement officials are crediting a joint investigation involving multiple jurisdictions with helping break the case.
Benjamin L. Sebastian, 32, of Inwood, West Virginia was apprehended on Saturday, December 11, 2010 in West Virginia and is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on charges stemming from two more bank robberies in Winchester, Virginia. He is also charged in Fairfax County with two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with two more bank robberies.
In November, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Winchester Police Department, the Fairfax Police Department and the FBI’s Richmond Field Office and the FBI’s Washington Field Office Violent Crimes Task Forces began looking into the possibility that several bank robberies in Northern Virginia were linked. A break in the cases came last week when the Winchester Police Department obtained a description of a vehicle that was possibly used by the suspect in one of their robberies. The information was relayed to area law enforcement. An off-duty Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the vehicle in West Virginia and contacted a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigator. The information ultimately led to Sebastian’s arrest.
In Loudoun County, Sebastian is accused of the October 6th robbery of the Bank of America in the Regal Plaza and the November 20th robbery of the Wachovia Bank in the Community Plaza. Warrants were obtained on December 15, 2010 for entering a bank with the intent of committing a robbery (two counts), robbery (two counts) and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony (two counts).