October 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM
Police: Bank-heist suspect robbed same bank, teller 3 years ago
A 24-year-old Kitsap County man was arrested on Wednesday in the robbery of a Bremerton bank — the same bank and same teller he was convicted of robbing three years ago, according to Bremerton police.
“One month after getting out of prison, he robs the same bank,” said Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan. “You simply cannot make this stuff up.”
According to police, Joshua James Driskell robbed the Key Bank branch on Wheaton Way and Sylvan Road in East Bremerton at 1:16 p.m. Wednesday by giving the teller a note demanding money and implying he had a firearm. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
However, surveillance cameras captured images of his face and a bright blue Suzuki Forenza police say was used in the getaway.
Police said officers located the car at an apartment in Bremerton and found Driskell hiding in a back room in his apartment.
Investigators discovered that Driskell had been convicted of robbing the same bank on Sept. 24, 2010. In that case, he took a cab to the area, committed the robbery and was arrested a short time later, police said.
Driskell was convicted of second-degree robbery and sentenced to just over four years in prison, police said.
He served about three years with good time and was released from prison last month, police said. A warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to report to his state Department of Corrections probation officer.
“While it may seem funny, it was deadly serious to the victims at the bank,” said Strachan, “and our officers did a great job getting this felon off the streets within just a few hours.”
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