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October 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM

2 men in their 60s arrested in 5 area bank heists

Two men in their 60s were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a string of robberies in Shoreline and Seattle, the King County sheriff’s office says.

The two were arrested while driving in the Mukilteo area. Both are convicted felons and will be booked into the King County Jail, sheriff’s spokesman John Urquhart said.

Investigators believe the pair, ages 64 and 65, are responsible for carrying out at least three bank robberies in Shoreline and two in Seattle.

The first Shoreline heist took place July 6 at the KeyBank at 17500 Aurora Avenue North. One of the men, disguised with gauze under both eyes, demanded money from a teller.

The second robbery took place Sept. 12 at the Wells Fargo, 14500 Greenwood Avenue North, also in Shoreline. Two robbers entered the bank wearing Halloween-type masks.

One was armed with a pistol-grip shotgun and the other with a handgun, Urquhart said.  The one with a handgun put it on a counter while he emptied the cash drawer. He apparently had a senior moment and forgot the gun until his partner reminded him.

The third robbery happened Oct. 3 at the same KeyBank. The lone gunman went into a bank wearing a Bill Clinton mask and holding a pistol-grip shotgun, Urquhart said. Nine employees and customers were in the bank, and the robber ordered everyone to the floor.

In addition, Urquhart said, detectives are attributing two robberies in Seattle to the pair.

Detectives from the sheriff’s office, Shoreline police, Seattle police and the FBI worked together to solve the string of robberies, Urquhart said.

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