Rash of bank robberies doesn’t alarm police, FBI

August 19, 2014

Issaquah police and the FBI said they see four banks being robbed in the past six months as more of a cycle than a crime wave.

So far this year, KeyBank on Northwest Gilman Boulevard has been robbed three times and Chase Bank, also on Northeast Gilman Boulevard, was robbed once. Police believe the same man, who they’ve dubbed the Summertime Heat Robber, might be behind the Feb. 22, June 25 and July 11 KeyBank robberies. So far, officials have not arrested any suspects.

“It’s an increase,” Cmdr. Stan Conrad said. “But there are times when robberies pick up and times when they are down. Now, they are just down.”

Chief Scott Behrbaum agreed.

“Historically, we’ve had bank robberies in our city,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t have that many, but we’ve had years where we’re close to twice the current number.”

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

Feb. 22 KeyBank robbery suspect

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Emergency officials: Never leave children, pets in hot cars

July 1, 2014

What should concerned citizens do if they see a child or pet in a hot car?

Issaquah police would like concerned citizens to call them.

“They should call 911 if it’s a child and ask for the police,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.

If someone sees a pet in a car, he or she should also call the police, but use the non-emergency line, 837-3200.

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Public marijuana, open pot container laws could come to Issaquah

June 17, 2014

Sure, marijuana is legal now, but not for everyone at all times.

The Issaquah City Council Services & Safety Committee took steps in giving the Issaquah Police Department tools to enforce restrictions to recreational marijuana use June 2. The drug still remains illegal in many circumstances.

“We’d be adopting the state law that says it’s illegal to consume marijuana in view of the general public,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said about possible council action.

The same state law regulates the age of consumption to 21 and older, as well as criminalizes driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Bomb threat leads to quick capture; police say suspect used his own phone

April 14, 2014

NEW — 2:40 p.m. April 14, 2014

Issaquah police arrested a 21-year-old man for making a bomb threat to the Ross clothing store April 13.

The threat led to the evacuation of businesses in the area of the 900 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the Issaquah Police Department.

The business received a telephone call from the man stating there was a bomb in the store. A search was conducted and nothing suspicious was located. Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the call allowed officers to quickly collar the suspect.

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Body found in north Issaquah on Saturday

April 7, 2014

NEW — 1:30 p.m. April 7, 2014

A hiker found the body of an unidentified man April 5 in a grassy area beyond 200 Northeast Juniper Street.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said there is no cause of death as of yet for the adult male, who he said could possibly be white, Hispanic or Asian.

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Woman robs convenience store at knife point

March 12, 2013

The AM/PM convenience store was robbed late March 10, after a woman reportedly entered the business displaying what appeared to be a handgun, police said.

The gun, which was actually a starter pistol, like the kind used at the beginning of races, was wrestled away by the clerk.

This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at a convenience store in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road. Photo contributed.

This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at a convenience store in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road. Photo contributed.

A struggle ensued after the suspect demanded money at which time she pulled a knife on the clerk. The suspect was then disarmed and fled the scene on foot. The clerk was not injured.

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