Police hunt for robber after local bank heist

July 26, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

A man walked into Sterling Savings Bank at about 2:10 p.m. July 22 and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Issaquah Police Department.

Sgt. Bob Porter said an initial search for the suspect β€” a search that included the use of a K-9 unit from another jurisdiction β€” proved unsuccessful. Officials were unable to gain much information as to what direction the man headed after leaving the bank or what type of vehicle he may have been driving.

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

The suspect was described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. He is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with what Porter described as shorter brown hair that did not reach his collar. He was wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans. He also was carrying a dark-colored backpack.

Inside the bank, the suspect presented a teller with a demand note but did not show any evidence of a weapon, Porter said. Police responded to an alarm sounding at the bank but the suspect was gone before they arrived.

Porter said that by policy Issaquah police do not release the amount of cash taken in such incidents.

Bank robberies are not common occurrences in Issaquah. The last such incident took place Feb. 12, 2010, at The Bank of Washington on Northwest Mall Street.

Porter said it was unclear if the Sterling Savings Bank robbery was related to a recent robbery in Bellevue.

Because bank robberies are a federal offense, Issaquah police eventually will turn the case over to the FBI, Porter added.

Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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