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Wenatchee, Omak and Moses Lake Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Spokane

The suspect was apprehended by FBI Agents and US Marshals in Spokane The suspect was apprehended by FBI Agents and US Marshals in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thanks to a citizen who called a local Crime Stoppers tip line and the work of investigators from several law enforcement agencies, a bank robber's weeklong spree has come to an end.  A single male suspect has robbed banks in Omak, Wenatchee and Moses Lake over the last week.  The Omak robbery occurred at a bank of America on July 13th.  The robbery in Wenatchee took place at a Washington Trust Bank on July 16th and on July 20th, a Washington Trust Bank in Moses Lake was robbed.  In all three cases the suspect presented a note to a teller demanding money.  No weapons were shown or verbal threats made in any of these incidents and nobody was injured.

On July 20th, a citizen called in a tip on the Wenatchee Valley Crime Stoppers Hotline (Tel. 509-888-4280) hoping to claim a reward of up to $1,000.  The tipster gave the name of a 28-year old Chelan resident as the bank robbery suspect.  It turns out this man had recently been released from prison and was on Federal probation. 

Investigators from the Omak, Moses Lake and Wenatchee Police Departments, as well as deputies from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, followed up on this lead in their jurisdictions while agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US Marshals Service began tracking down the suspect. Witnesses soon identified this man as the bank robbery suspect from surveillance photos provided to law enforcement agencies and the media.  A federal probation violation warrant was issued for the suspect, who was arrested in Spokane by FBI Agents and US Marshals.  Several thousand dollars, believed to have been stolen from the Moses Lake bank robbery, were found in the suspect's possession.

Local jurisdictions will be coordinating with the US Attorney's Office in the coming days to determine who will prosecute this suspect for his role in these robberies.  Because he has not yet been charged with any of these robberies, the suspect's name is not being released at this time.   

These robberies were successfully investigated through the joint efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wenatchee Police Department, Omak Police Department, Moses Lake Police Department , Chelan County Sheriff's Office and US Marshals Service.

 Previous Coverage:

Bank Robbery in Wenatchee Shares Similarities With One in Omak

 

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