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Tag: Bank robbery

Nov.
16th

Man robs Spanaway bank branch, claims to have a bomb

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are working to identify a man who claimed he had a bomb while he robbed a Spanaway bank branch Monday afternoon.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers released surveillance images of the robber today and announced a reward in the quest to identify him.

The man walked into the Twin Star Credit Union, 13505 Pacific Ave. S., about 3:15 p.m. Monday. He carried a black briefcase and went up to a counter, deputies reported.

The man told a teller he had a bomb and demanded cash. He took an undisclosed amount of money and ran from the bank.

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Oct.
20th

UPDATED: Three men rob bank in Lakewood

Lakewood police were searching for three men who robbed a bank in the Oakbrook area this morning.

Two of the men went into the Key Bank, 8017 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., shortly after 9:15 a.m. while a third waited outside and served as a lookout. One of the suspects wielded a gun during the robbery, police reported.

The suspects demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the men left the bank, police reported.

Officers and a police dog searched the area but did not find the bandits. A nearby school was locked down for a short time during the

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Sep.
29th

UPDATED: Man arrested in connection with two Pierce County bank robberies

Law enforcement officers have arrested a 47-year-old man accused in two bank robberies in Tacoma and Puyallup in recent months.

Pierce County prosecutors had previously charged Omaha Tony Tufono with two counts of first-degree robbery. A warrant had been issued for his arrest in June.

Tufono had been jailed in King County since late January in connection with a Federal Way bank robbery. He was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail. He was released Tuesday, booked into Pierce County Jail and is expected to be arraigned on the charges today.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Tacoma police

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Sep.
22nd

Tacoma police hope unique sweatshirt leads to arrest in South End bank robbery

Tacoma police have released new surveillance images of a man who robbed a South End bank last week in hopes that someone recognizes his hooded sweatshirt.

The zippered, long-sleeved sweatshirt features images of Jimi Hendrix, a peace symbol and guitar. The sweatshirt is unique and investigators hope someone recognizes it.

The robber, wearing a black wig, walked into the U.S. Bank at 7020 Pacific Ave. just after 10 a.m. Friday. He walked up to a teller and handed over a note that demanded cash and implied he had a weapon, Tacoma police reported.

The robber took cash and walked

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Sep.
17th

UPDATED: Tacoma police looking for South End bank robber

Tacoma police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a South End bank this morning while wearing a wig.

The U.S. Bank, 7020 Pacific Ave., was robbed about 10: 05 a.m. The suspect walked up to a teller and handed over a note that demanded cash and implied he had a weapon, according to police scanner chatter.

The robber took cash and walked back out of the bank.

He’s described as black, in his 30s , 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He had black hair, a black mustache and goatee.  He was wearing a black wig, blue jeans,

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July
28th

Man charged in Gig Harbor bank heist

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 56-year-old man with robbing a Gig Harbor bank earlier this week.

One count of first-degree robbery was filed against Gary Lee King on Tuesday. He was arraigned Tuesday morning and remains in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Charging documents provide the following information:

A man, later identified as King, entered the Kitsap Bank, 4714 Point Fosdick Dr., in Gig Harbor on Monday. He walked past an employee to the counter. The man held his right hand in his pocket as if he had a gun and handed the teller a note.

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May
26th

Police seek woman who robbed Tacoma bank branch

Tacoma police were searching for a woman who robbed a bank branch Tuesday afternoon.

The woman walked into the Bank of America, 3408 S. 23rd St., just before 2:30 p.m. As she talked on a cellphone, she presented the teller with a note that demanded cash, police reported.

She got an undisclosed amount of cash and left the bank on foot. Officers set up containment and a police dog tried to track the bandit. She was not found.

The robber was described as black, in her 30s and 5 feet 3 with medium-to-heavy build. During the robbery, the woman wore

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May
25th

Accused bank robber shot by TPD officers pleads guilty

A suspected bank robber who was shot in March by three Tacoma police officers has pleaded guilty to two heists.

Sean D. Sawyer, 43, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree robbery. He was reportedly sentenced to 14 years, three months in prison during a hearing this morning.

Prosecutors had charged Sawyer with robbing the University Place Key Bank at 2424 Mildred St. on Feb. 16 and the Columbia Bank, 1959 S. Union Ave., in Tacoma on March 15.

After the Columbia Bank was robbed, witnesses called Tacoma police and provided officers with a description of the robber and

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