2012-13 Business Directory

August 6, 2012

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Man robs local KeyBank branch, flees

November 1, 2011

Issaquah and federal officers continue to investigate a robbery from a local bank branch.

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at a KeyBank branch along Northwest Gilman Boulevard just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Suspect

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee and handed the employee a demand note. The employee handed the man cash, and the suspect then fled the bank, carrying the loot. Police did not reveal the amount of money stolen, per standard procedure.

Officers searched the area near the bank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., but did not locate the man.

Investigators said the man departed the bank in a westbound direction. Police said the suspect is a white man in his 20s. Surveillance images show the suspect dressed in a dark-colored, long-sleeved shirt or jacket with the Adidas logo on the chest and white stripes on the sleeves, and a gray baseball cap.

The police department and the FBI continue to investigate. Ray Lauer, a special agent at the bureau’s Seattle office, said investigators do not believe the man is connected to other recent bank robberies in the region.

The most recent bank robbery in Issaquah occurred July 22, after a man demanded money at the Sterling Savings Bank, 705 N.W. Gilman Blvd., and then fled. Investigators said the suspect in the Sterling Savings Bank also robbed a Bellevue bank a day before the Issaquah incident.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

FBI seeks help to identify Issaquah robber

August 2, 2011

Suspect

The Seattle office of the FBI is asking for help in tracking down a suspect in two bank robberies, including the holdup 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.

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

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.

Police hunt for robber after local bank heist

July 26, 2011

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 — a search that included the use of a K-9 unit from another jurisdiction — 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.

“He 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.

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FBI: Issaquah bank robber hit Bellevue bank, too

July 26, 2011

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

NEW — 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.

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Issaquah Sterling Savings Bank robbed Friday

July 22, 2011

NEW — 5:15 p.m. July 22, 2011

A man walked into Sterling Savings Bank at about 2:10 p.m. Friday and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Issaquah police.

Issaquah Police Sgt. Bob Porter said an initial search for the suspect — a search that included the use of a K-9 unit from another jurisdiction — 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.

“He 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.

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