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October 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Bail set at $800,000 for suspected ‘Tour de Banks Robber’

A  man suspected of being the so-called “Tour de Banks Robber,” a prolific bank robber known for his bicycle getaways, made his first court appearance this afternoon in Seattle.

The 29-year-old Bothell man was ordered held on probable cause in lieu of $800,000 bail by a King County District Court judge. He has not been charged.

According to police and prosecutors, the man was arrested on Friday as he drove away from his  home. Investigators had been watching his home prior to his arrest, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives then served search warrants on the man’s home as well as an adult family home the suspect owns in Snohomish County.

The FBI said he has been linked to at least eight bank robberies in Monroe, Bothell, Mill Creek and Woodinville.

According to an FBI, the “Tour de Banks Robber” typically was armed with a handgun or knife during the robberies and was known to wear a full-face ski mask, gloves and hooded sweatshirt or baseball cap.

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