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A surveillance photo from the June 8 robbery at Burien’s Sterling Savings Bank

Burien Sterling Savings heist among 5 armed bank robberies since January

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Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle PD, and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force are investigating a series of 5 ARMED TAKE OVER-STYLE bank robberies that have occurred within King County since January 2013.

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The June 8th 2013 Burien Sterling Savings robbery resulted in a bank teller being struck in the face by the suspect.

- Three robberies have occurred in King County jurisdiction.

- Two robberies have occurred in Seattle PD jurisdiction.

- Detectives are considering the cases as linked at this time. Detectives continue to investigate the actual number of suspects involved.

- The July 1st Bank of America robbery is the first time two suspects have entered a bank together. All prior robberies were committed by a single suspect entering the banks.

- The May 22nd 2013 Washington Federal robbery is Seattle resulted in a suspect firing a gunshot inside the bank.

- Handguns are displayed and pointed in all robberies

- Suspects rob despite several customers and employees being present.

- Detectives are now (for the first time) releasing surveillance photos of a suspect vehicle believed to have been used in the February 28th 2013 Key Bank robbery. This vehicle is a blue 1983 – 1987 Mercury Marquis – very stock in appearance.

- A reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and charge of person(s) involved. (To be eligible for the reward, a person must provide the information through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

- Tips can also be called in to the KCSO Communication Center (206-296-3311) or 911

Robbery locations to date;

1-16-13 Newcastle branch of Key Bank (KCSO)
2-28-13 Rainier Ave branch of Key Bank (SPD)
5-22-13 Rainer Ave branch of Washington Federal Bank (SPD)
6-8-13 Burien branch of Sterling Savings Bank (KCSO)
7-1-13 Newcastle branch of Bank of America (KCSO)

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