Lewiston Police Call-Off Search For Stolen Money
LEWISTON, Idaho – One month after a US Bank was robbed in downtown Lewiston, police have called off the search for the stolen money. Authorities searched the banks of a local levee at least a half-dozen times but were unable to find the cash that was stolen on February 3rd.
Police cornered their suspect and shot David Payton after a short chase near the river levee. Payton has been in the hospital since the shooting, but authorities say he has recovered enough to confess to the robbery and even drew police a map to the are he supposedly stashed $3,400.
"We have expended all possible leads," said Capt. Tom Greene or the Lewiston Police Department. "If we get new information, we could search again, but for now we are pretty much done."
Payton told police he hid the money under a clump of grass along a popular jogging trail, according to Greene.
Authorities searched the area six times and even used dogs to track the scent of money but could not find the cash.
Greene said it is possible a member of the public found the money, but authorities do not believe Payton had an accomplice.
Not reporting the stolen money could be considered theft, according to Greene. Authorities do not believe the loss of cash will harm their criminal prosecution of Payton.
"We have the robbery on video," says Greene, who also said Payton confessed to the robbery.
The Lewiston Police Department decided spending more resources could cost more than the value of the stolen cash.
"We could go down there (to the levee) and mow down some of the tall grass, but that might destroy it (the cash)" said Greene. "And it might not even be there."
The bank recorded several of the serial numbers in the stolen cash and could track the pile of money known as "bait money" if it is ever used in circulation.
Anyone with information about the missing money is asked to call the Lewiston Police Department.
KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes filed this report.
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