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Helmet-wearing suspect sought in 2 Pierce County bank robberies

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on July 19, 2011 at 11:27 am |
July 19, 2011 11:29 am

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has released surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in two bank robberies, including one Monday at the Columbia Bank branch inside Summit Trading Company grocery on Canyon Road East near Puyallup.

The first crime occurred July 8 at the U.S. Bank branch inside an Albertsons store in Milton.

In both robberies, the suspect came into the grocery store wearing a motorcycle helmet. He walked up to a bank teller and then handed over a note demanding cash and threatening violence, the sheriff’s department said.

The man took the money, walked out of the store and drove away in a black truck.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 165 pounds. He wore a black leather motorcycle jacket and pants, black gloves and a blue motorcycle helmet with white and gray designs and a visor.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the robber. Call 253-591-5959 if you have information in this case. Callers may remain anonymous.

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