FBI: Issaquah bank robber hit Bellevue bank, too

July 26, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

Images captured on surveillance video from Sterling Savings Bank in Issaquah show the accused robber. Contributed

NEW β€” 4:10 p.m. July 26, 2011

The Seattle office of the FBI is asking for help in tracking down a suspect in two bank robberies, including the hold-up of the Issaquah branch of Sterling Savings Bank on July 22.

According to the FBI, the suspect who robbed the Issaquah bank also is believed to have robbed a Washington Federal Savings Bank about 10:35 a.m. July 21 in Bellevue. Authorities said surveillance video captured the suspect in the course of the Issaquah robbery.

The man is described as a white male, heavyset, in his mid 40s and roughly 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

When he robbed the Sterling Savings, he was wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans. He also was wearing a dark-colored backpack.

Inside the Issaquah bank, according to local police, the suspect presented the teller with a note demanding money. He did not show any evidence of carrying a weapon. The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Issaquah Police Sgt. Bob Porter said local officers responded to a sounding alarm at the bank, but the suspect was gone before they arrived. Based on witness statements, officers could not determine in what direction the suspect fled.

β€œHe just basically walked out of the bank and into that big parking lot,” Porter said, referring to the large retail parking area just outside the bank at 705 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to the FBI at 1-800-222-TIPS. Calls are kept confidential. Information leading to an arrest could result in a $1,000 reward.

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