Seattle task force seeks ‘Rent Money Bandit’

October 7, 2014

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed banks in Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is calling him the “Rent Money Bandit” because each of the incidents occurred during the first few days of the month, according to a news release from the FBI.

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Seattle task force seeks Summertime Heat Robber

July 29, 2014

BankRobberyCrime 20140222 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140625 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140711 copyThe Seattle Safe Streets Task Force now believes the Summertime Heat Robber may be responsible for three robberies in Issaquah: at about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 22, at about 12:15 p.m. June 25 and at about 2 p.m. July 11.

All three robberies were of the KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Further investigation led the task force to revise its consideration of a connection between the subject and the June 21 Des Moines robbery, while identifying two other robberies as possibly connected, according to a news release from the FBI.

The subject hit the same bank three times in the past six months but at different times in the middle of the day.

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Bellevue Police put the brakes on prolific identity thief

July 15, 2014

Bellevue Police Department investigators have recovered hundreds of fraudulent documents related to a prolific identity thief with the help of an observant neighbor.

Police officials said it appears the identities of most of the victims were stolen when their mail was taken or their cars were broken into. The stolen identities include residents from Issaquah.

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Bellevue officer charged with DUI in Issaquah court resigns from department

January 9, 2014

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2014

A Bellevue Police officer charged with drunken driving on Interstate 90 near Issaquah has resigned from the department.

Officer Andrew Hanke resigned today, effective immediately.

“As we move forward, my hope is that we rebuild the public’s trust and continue our focus on the great work that the men and women of this department do every day,” Chief Linda Pillo said in a news release.

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Issaquah will prosecute Bellevue officer over DUI

December 10, 2013

Issaquah will lead a DUI case against a Bellevue police officer.

Officer Andy Hanke was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 5.

Heading home eastbound on Interstate 90, Bellevue officer Doug Brennan spotted a Jeep driving at 73 miles per hour Nov. 20. The vehicle passed him, swerved in its lane and veered over to the side of the road. Brennan pulled the Jeep over and found Hanke, a fellow Bellevue officer, behind the wheel.

According to the police report submitted by Brennan, he quickly recognized Hanke’s inebriation.

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Issaquah, Bellevue police nab woman for prostitution

July 2, 2013

After many local residents raised eyebrows about its advertising, a police investigation led to a prostitution arrest June 27 at a massage parlor in the 1700 block of Newport Way Northwest.

Police said they were alerted to the possibility of nefarious business practices when signs were seen along the street marketing “Asian Girl Massage.” Issaquah officers began working with the Bellevue Police Department.

“Basically, we started the investigation when we received some complaints about how the business was advertising,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “We utilized some of the resources from the sheriff’s department and a detective from Bellevue. They were not investigating our location, but they did have a location that had some similarities.”

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