Police arrest man they say robbed three banks
February 24, 2009
By J.B. Wogan
NEW — 3:10 p.m. Feb. 24, 2008
With the help of employees at a Sammamish Bank of America, police arrested a man last night who they say has robbed three Eastside banks.
The 28-year-old Kirkland man stole an undisclosed amount of money from the Bank of America in the Sammamish Highlands shopping center at about 12:50 p.m. Monday, according to police.
Investigators said they believe the same man robbed banks in Issaquah on Feb. 17 and in Kirkland on Feb. 13.
“He had done all three in pretty quick succession and probably would have done another one if we hadn’t caught him,” said Robbie Burroughs, spokesperson for the FBI’s Seattle office.
Bank employees watched a man leave in a white Lincoln Town Car and they wrote down the vanity license plate number, according to Burroughs.
The man police arrested was a driver for a car service, was driving a Lincoln Town Car and had just dropped off a client in Sammamish prior to the robbery, she said.
Kirkland police, along with FBI officers, arrested the man at his Kirkland apartment at about 8 last night.
Police have not charged the man with anything yet, though he is being held at the King County Jail in Seattle. He is likely to face federal charges within the week, Burroughs said.
“It was just good work on the part of the employees,” she said.
Sammamish hadn’t experienced a bank robbery since 2000, Chief Brad Thompson said.
In all three robberies, there were no injuries and no shots fired, police said.
At the Sammamish bank, the man handed a teller a note and revealed a gun, which looked to be a semi-automatic, possibly a Colt 45, a witness told police.
The man wasn’t wearing a mask and a security camera caught the incident on video, Sgt. Robert Baxter said.
The incident was part of a typical trend in an economic downturn, according to Thompson.
“Bank robberies or robberies in general are on the increase,” he said.
To report additional information about the robbery, call the Sammamish Police Department at 295-0770.
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