July 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Seattle, King County cops seek takeover bank robbers
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the men responsible for a series of armed takeover bank robberies in Seattle and King County.
The robberies have occurred between Jan. 16 and July 1, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The robbers have been dubbed the “Big Top Bandits.”
Here’s a list of the robberies:
Jan. 16: Newcastle branch of Key Bank;
Feb. 28: Rainier Avenue branch of Key Bank in Seattle;
May 22: Rainer Avenue branch of Washington Federal Bank in Seattle;
June 8: Burien branch of Sterling Savings Bank;
July 1: Newcastle branch of Bank of America.
Detectives are trying to determine the total number of people involved. They say the July 1 robbery was the first time two robbers entered a bank together. The earlier robberies were committed by a single gunman, the sheriff’s office said.
During the May 22 robbery, the robber fired a gunshot inside the bank. During the June 8 robbery at Sterling Savings in Burien, the gunman struck a teller in the face, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives believe the robbers were in a blue 1983 to 1987 Mercury Marquis during the Feb. 28 robbery.
To view video of the robberies, click here.
A $1,000 reward for information on the robbers is being offered through Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. Callers may remain anonymous.
Tips can be phoned to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be called in to the KCSO Communication Center at 206-296-3311; or 911.
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