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Tacoma police searching for bank robbery suspect

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 31, 2008 at 1:00 pm with No Comments »
July 31, 2008 1:00 pm

Tacoma police have identified a man suspected of robbing a Bank of America branch earlier this month.

Now, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Stefano Andolini, who also goes by Jerald Helsel, on suspicion of first-degree robbery.

Investigators believe the 45-year-old Andolini (pictured here) robbed the bank branch in the 3400 block of South 23rd Street about 3:30 p.m. July 17.

He walked into the bank and handed a teller a robbery note that demanded cash. He grabbed the cash in his hands and ran out of the bank, police reported.

Andolini is described as white and 6 feet tall with a medium build. He is bald and has a thick mustache.

Investigators say he has an extensive criminal background and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to Andolini’s capture. Callers may remain anonymous.

Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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