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What led to the arrest of the 'Roscoe Bandit'? A parking ticket...

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Spokane Police said the Roscoe Bandit received a parking ticket while robbing Numerica in downtown Spokane Spokane Police said the Roscoe Bandit received a parking ticket while robbing Numerica in downtown Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. - You would think after allegedly robbing three banks recently, you would have enough money to plug a parking meter during your fourth attempt, but Spokane Police told KHQ on Thursday, extensive work by their officers showed that the "Roscoe Bandit" actually received a parking ticket while he was robbing a downtown Spokane bank. 

Spokane Police said their officers followed the suspect's escape route via surveillance footage in River Park Square, and that's when they discovered the suspect had been issued a parking ticket during the robbery. 

After looking through surveillance video, Spokane Police Sgt. Reynolds noticed that the suspect resembled a bank robber from the west side of the state, so he called the FBI. Meanwhile three other Spokane Police officers tracked the suspect's escape path as he exited the mall following the robbery. This led police to the suspect's jacket, which had been left on a bench and turned into mall security. 

The officer's then tracked the suspect to City Hall where his getaway car was parked. Officers contacted parking enforcement to see if they remembered the suspect or the vehicle and as it turned out, one of the parking enforcement officers actually issued the suspect a ticket. 

After giving this information to the FBI, they were able to develop further information about the suspect, who they later identified as 55-year-old William Mitchell. Mitchell was arrested on Wednesday in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

The FBI thanked everyone who submitted tips after the story aired on television, and also thanked local law enforcement agencies, including the Spokane Police Department for their great work. 

“This capture reflects partnerships across the northwest. In addition to the alert and proactive effort by the Grants Pass Police Department, this investigation is being conducted jointly by the Spokane Police Department, the Olympia Police Department, and the FBI throughout Washington and Oregon.”


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