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Category: Bank robbery

July
8th

Tacoma police searching for man suspected of robbing two banks

Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of robbing two banks in a week.

The man allegedly held up a Key Bank branch in the 3500 block of South 19th Street June 28 and a U.S. Bank branch on South 38th Street Thursday.

In both cases, police said he was armed with a gun and handed the teller a threatening note demanding money.

He is described as black, in his 20s with a thin build and short black hair. During one of the robberies he was wearing a black jacket with “USA” and the

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June
24th

Police ask for public’s help to find Tacoma bank robber

Police are asking the public to help identify a man who robbed a Tacoma bank Monday morning.

The surveillance picture above shows the man police say robbed a bank about 10:45 a.m. in the 800 block of South 38th Street in Tacoma.

The suspect walked into the bank, showed the teller a note that demanded money and said he was armed with a gun, and ran out of the bank with the cash, according to police.

The robber is described as a black man in his 20s, between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 8, with a thin build

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June
11th

Police ask for help to find suspected Tacoma bank robber

Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help to find a man suspected of robbing a bank with a cardboard note last month.

Ronald Perozzo, 50, is suspected of robbing a Key Bank about 4 p.m. May 6 in the 8400 block of Pacific Avenue by handing a robbery note to a teller that was written on a piece of cardboard, according to police.

His hair and mustache might have been dyed black or shaved at the time of the robbery to conceal his identity, officers said.

He is 6 foot 1 and 190 pounds.

A warrant has been

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June
6th

Warrant issued for suspected bank robber in Tacoma

A warrant has been issued for a 49-year-old man suspected of robbing a bank in Tacoma last month.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Ronald Perozzo with first-degree robbery. An anonymous tip relayed he planned to leave the state.

The holdup happened May 6 at a Key Bank branch at 8402 Pacific Ave. The robber lingered in the lobby for five minutes or so before approaching a teller and handing him a note demanding cash.

Once he had the money, he fled.

Police found a bag with a $20 bill and unknown item from the bank on nearby Croft Street.

Officers

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May
22nd

Federal Way police scouring area for bank robber

Federal Way police are searching for a man who robbed a bank this morning.

The suspect did not appear to have a weapon when he walked into a Chase Bank branch at 34624 16th Avenue South about 10:30 a.m., police said.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of money in an older model gray Chevrolet van with gold rims.

The robber was described as being in his 30s with dark skin, brown eyes and a bald head. He was heavyset and wore a hat, black pants and a black jacket.

Officers are using a police dog to search the area

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May
7th

Tacoma police looking for man who robbed bank with note written on cardboard

Tacoma police are looking for a man who robbed a Key Bank Monday afternoon in the 8400 block of Pacific Avenue.

He handed a teller a robbery note about 3:50 p.m. that was written on a piece of cardboard and demanded cash.

The man walked out with the money, and has not yet been found.

He is described as a white man in his 50s, about 6 foot 2 and 200 pounds, with a black mustache and black hair in a short ponytail.

The hair and mustache might be fake, according to police.

He was wearing blue jeans, sunglasses, a

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April
5th

Serial bank robber sought in Pierce County

Authorities are searching for a 45-year-old man suspected of robbing four Pierce County banks in a week.

Multiple warrants have been issued for Richard Strohmetz, who is also wanted for violating federal probation for bank robbery.

He is considered dangerous, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers.

Strohmetz is white, 5-feet-8 and 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is accused of holding up an Umpquah Bank branch in Spanaway March 29; a Wells Fargo bank branch in Tacoma Saturday; a Twin Star Credit Union in Parkland Monday; and the same Wells Fargo bank branch in Tacoma Thursday.

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April
4th

Warrant issued for alleged Spanaway bank robber

A warrant has been issued for a man suspected of robbing an Umpqua Bank branch in Spanaway last week.

Richard Strohmetz allegedly wore a wig, glasses and fake mustache during Friday’s holdup of the bank, 16120 Pacific Ave. He is on federal probation for bank robbery, is suspected in two other bank robberies and remains at large.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him and Beau Smith, 31, with first-degree bank robbery. Smith pleaded not guilty Wednesday and Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered the Tacoma man jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

According to charging papers:

The men drove a windowless van

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