South Whidbey Record


Detectives release photo of Clinton bank robber

November 29, 2012 · Updated 3:49 PM

Surveillance cameras captured an image of a person robbing a Clinton bank Wednesday evening. / Photo courtesy of the Island County Sheriff's Office

The Island County Sheriff’s Office have released images of the masked man who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in Clinton last night.

A man wearing a cloth mask entered the bank and demanded money, warning the employees that he wanted “no dye packs” and “no problems,” according to Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

The robber did not display a weapon and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Three employees were at the bank at the time, Detective Rick Felici said.

The images of the robber come from the bank’s security camera.

Detectives believe that the robbery may be tied to an earlier bogus 911 call from the phone booth at Classic Road in Greenbank. A man called at about 5 p.m. and claimed he had killed someone at an address on Smugglers Cove Road.

Deputies responded to the home and the phone booth, but found nothing amiss.

However, Wallace said they were suspicious and left some law enforcement officers on the South end in case the call was a ruse.

Sure enough, an employee at the bank called and reported the robbery at 5:55 p.m. The bank is about 15 miles from the phone booth. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a white cloth mask. One of the bank tellers believes that the red SUV seen leaving the area was a Saturn VUE.

The suspect was wearing a mask, but is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.

The Wells Fargo branch is located on Highway 525 at the intersection of Deer Lake Road.


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