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December 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Police say bank robbery was an inside job

Seattle Police detectives suspected a Christmas Day bank robbery may have been an inside job: The robber entered a Fremont bank through an unlocked door at about 3 a.m., put tape over a vault room camera and pried open the compartment containing the safe’s combination, Detective Drew Fowler of the Seattle Police Department said.

On Monday police arrested a bank employee when he arrived for work at the Homestreet Bank in the 3400 block of Evanston Avenue North. Technicians dusted for fingerprints at the bank while officers took photographs, collected evidence and reviewed surveillance video, according to an SPD news release.

A significant amount of the stolen cash has been recovered as a result of the arrest, but bank authorities have not released the amount of money stolen from the bank, according to SPD. The suspect, a 35-year-old Federal Way man, was booked into King County Jail as part of the burglary investigation.

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