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August 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Did Bellingham’s bicycling bank bandit strike again?

Bellingham’s bicycling bank bandit may have struck again.

Police say a man who robbed a Banner bank branch today in the city’s Fairhaven neighborhood may have been the same man who made his getaway on a bicycle after robbing the same bank last month, the Bellingham Herald is reporting.

The man is described  as a thin white man in his late 20s or early 30s, with a black ponytail.  He was seen riding a black bicycle.

Coincidentally, a Seattle man dubbed “The Bicycle Robber” was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to bank heists in Washington and Oregon.

Authorities say 34-year-old Christopher Wattam robbed three Washington banks — and successfully got away on a bicycle — before a customer at a Wells Fargo branch in Salem, Ore., tackled him during a robbery attempt last year, according to The Associated Press.

Wattam told investigators he had a heroin addiction and had only been in Salem for about 12 hours.

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