BAKER, W.Va. — West Virginia State Police are searching for the armed suspects who robbed a bank in Hardy County dressed as a clown and a monkey.

Troopers said a woman wearing a black hoodie and a brown monkey mask and grey sweat pants entered Capon Valley Bank in Baker at just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. She was with a man wearing a clown mask with orange hair and a large clown suit.

The woman had a gun and demanded money. The pair took off in a blue vehicle heading east on Route 55 toward Route 48. The car was found a few minutes later on fire along Sauerkraut Road. The car was stolen from Mallory Ford in Winchester, Virginia.

The investigation continues.

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  • oh my

    Oh my goodness I'm glad nobody was hurt but it was sorta funny but I imagine not for the people in the bank ...

  • TMW

    This might be the pair that have been emptying all the Save-A-Lots of bananas in Virginia.

  • In da stickes

    That headline would make a nice Heart song. "Clown and monkey"


    It is all because of ObamaCare !

  • thornton

    Actually, we all are glad no one was injured but the article title was designed to lead the humor and the contributors followed it.
    Kinda, sorta like "Did you hear the one about a clown and a monkey that robbed a bank"?
    I do wonder if there was an argument over who wore the monkey mask...."ok, you get the clown and I carry the gat".

  • Fred

    Why is this news? West Virginians have been getting robbed by clowns and monkeys for generations. It's called the Legislature.

  • In da stickes

    Looks like two juggalos from an Insane Clown Posse concert.

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  • sandi

    Just curious: Why don't employees immediately sound the alarm when anybody wearing a mask enters or approaches a bank? Am I missing something here?

  • tracyo64

    You stop this the same way they stopped pawn shop robberies in VA several years ago.
    Train and openly arm ALL bank employees.


    I think when I seen them walk in I would of been pressing 911!! no normal person is going in a bank or anywhere dressed like this!!

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    I would be way to clumsy to pull this off . I would drop the money bag or my mask would shift and I wouldn't be able to see. I would sweat under that mask and make it difficult for me to see and I would run into a wall . I would forget where the door was and panic . I would accidently say the name of my partner . I would trip outside trying to get in the car . I would forget about my partner and drive off without her . So the women had the gun and the guy grabbed the cash ? That's interesting actually . Shouldn't it be the other way around ?

  • Hugh

    To those who asked what motivates these peple it's the money. Money to support either a Heroine Habbit or a gambling addiction. Or other addictive personality issue. Very few are motivated by pure greed and adrenaline.

    • Lost River, WV

      Why does everyone assume when you are robbing something or doing something like that, that it's for drugs?? What if they have a young baby and can't find jobs and need money for them? Why if they are trying to get money for a Dad who needs a kidney transplant? There's all kinds of hard ships people are going through and in my opinion, if they were doing drugs of any sort, they'd already be in jail. I would think druggies wouldn't think things through like these two did. It could still be drugs, but you just never know. I don't assume I know anything.

      • Dad

        Here in my town several years ago a man robbed a bank in order to pay off the debts he had accumulated while gambling on golf at the country club. A few years later, the superintendent of the golf course at the same club committed suicide due to his gambling debts.

      • JWP

        it was drugs.....

      • Lost River, WV

        No matter what situation people are in, there's no reason at all to do something like this. God Bless everyone. I hope they find it in there hearts to do the right thing.

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    They put a lot of thought before committing this crime , they had to pick out a costume , steal a car , have the materials to sent the car on fire , hide the actual get away car and pick out the right bank and right time . Just think how much they could make if they just worked for a living - work isn't that bad . Obviously they are motivated . What motivates people to rob a bank in broad daylight dressed as a clown and a monkey ? Is it desperation ? Is it thrill ? Do they wake up and say ," this is the day , we've planned this for months" . Or do they do this on a whim , like , "hey , want to rob a bank today ? " . What is a good take$ to risk serious jail time to rob a bank ? I think I would need like 50k to take that risk ( still wouldn't do it ) . I don't think they get any where near 50k , I'm told more like 2g . That aint worth it . Here's my idea to stop all robs like this , all business have a 100$ bill with a built in GPS strip , when the place is robbed , you activate the GPS and notify the State Police , who follows the GPS and make the arrest .

  • Melinda Tharp

    The clowns, monkeys and jacka**s are apparently the ones reading this. Hope I get to read the article when you (the ones who think this is so funny) or one of your family members are in a situation. Then see how funny you think it is. People should really think about the people involved. Give them a kind word instead of wasting time coming up with what you think are cleaver comments. Thank God everyone involved are safe...

    • Lost River, WV

      I understand your concerns, but everyone has there own opinions. Be it dumb, smart, funny or whatever. To each his own, who are we to judge what people have to say. Not me, nor you.

    • Ron - from Morgantown

      I totally get what your saying , especially when you see that photo , the clown definitely looks menacing. But its not everyday that you get to comment on a clown and monkey robing a bank, especially in Hardy county . I thought the monkey was an overkill and unnecessary risky . The clown would have been sufficient . So why did the person include the monkey in the crime ? I mean you have to split the profit 50 per cent , so this monkey must have been important to the task . Maybe the clown can't drive . Something to think when trying to solve this crime . Is it husband - wife ? Do we have cameras at the car dealership where the car was stolen ? You can't just buy a clown- monkey suit anywhere , maybe someone remembers the purchase ( this isn't late Oct ) .

      • GV

        The clown got a monkey because the monkey does not know how to divide, therefore when the money is split the clown will take 80% and the monkey will only get 20%.