Mason County Sheriff Links Area Robberies

Posted by David Haviland on February 10, 2010 at 7:07 am (1327 social interactions)

Mason County Sheriff’s Detectives say they have been able to link the February 1, 2010 robbery of the Allyn Branch of Kitsap Bank to other armed robberies in the Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula areas.


According to investigators a lone white male walked into the bank armed with a black automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect allegedly told the teller “Don’t follow me or I’ll put a bullet in you.” The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one in the bank was injured. The suspect was last seen leaving the scene on foot. A K-9 Officer was later able to track the suspect to a location where the track abruptly ended with fresh tire tracks. According to detectives this is consistent with a get away vehicle being stashed near the scene.   Investigators also noted a witness reported seeing the dye pack explode and pink smoke emanate from the front of the suspect as he fled. The suspect could have sustained minor burns or have pink coloring on his person or clothing he does not want to explain.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, about 5-10 inches tall wearing a two tone baseball cap, a khaki jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. This description is very similar to descriptions provided in the other robberies. Surveillance photos and other evidence obtained by detectives have linked the Kitsap Bank robbery to the following events:


1. On January 19, 2010, at about 6:36 PM a lone male robbed the Just Rewards Espresso in Port Angeles. The suspect walked up to the stand displaying a handgun demanding money. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.


2. On January 25, 2010, at about 6:00 PM a lone male approached Steph’s Espresso in Shelton. The suspect again displayed a handgun demanding the barista place money in a bag. The suspect was last scene by the barista leaving on foot.


3. On February 1, 2010, at about 6:48 PM, All Star Espresso in Silverdale was robbed by a lone male suspect. The suspect approached the stand on foot and displayed a pistol in his waistband demanding money from the lone female barista.


Detectives were able to link the cases by careful work with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Port Angeles Police Department, Shelton Police and the FBI. In each case victims provided information describing similar modus operandi and suspect physical descriptions. Investigators from all of the mentioned agencies continue to pursue leads in this case. Detectives are hoping for a quick resolution to these cases.


Anyone having information on the identity of this suspect is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or 911.


Photos included with this release are of the suspect in the Allyn Branch of the Kitsap Bank on February 1, 2010.

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