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UPDATE: Alleged Wells Fargo Bank Robber Linked to Two Other Area Bank Robberies

DAVID CANAVAN. (Photo: Courtesy of the Fairfax County Police Department)
DAVID CANAVAN. (Photo: Courtesy of the Fairfax County Police Department)

UPDATE at 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10: This report has been updated to include information about the alleged bank robber arrested in connection with the Wells Fargo Bank robbery on Tuesday, Aug. 9 being linked to two other bank robberies in the region and more information about the suspicious package related to the robbery.

The Fairfax County Police Department arrested David Canavan, 53, of Vienna on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for allegedly robbing the Wells Fargo Bank in Merrifield earlier that day, according to a press release from the department.

An investigation conducted by the Fairfax County Police Department and the FBI Washington Field Office Violent Crimes Task Force allegedly linked Canavan to two other bank robberies in Fairfax County earlier this year. The other robberies occurred on June 2 at a BB&T Bank, located at 8416 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, and on July 5 at a TD Bank, located at 6198 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church.

Canavan was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with three counts of robbery. He is being held at the detention center without bond.

Poolice arrested Canavan after responding to a report of robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank shortly before 4 p.m., according to a press release from department. According to the department, the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit responded to the scene to check a suspicious package related to the robbery.

The department said that officers responded to reports of a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon. Officers sent out a description of the alleged bank robber and a suspect was taken into custody in the 2200 block of Gallows Road. K9 and the police helicopter assisted in the search.

According to the police department, detectives from the Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene technicians also responded to the scene. Police ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(2746370 or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or 703-691-2131.