VIDEO: Detectives seeking public’s help finding Burien ‘take-over’ bank robbers


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Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle Police Department and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force are investigating a series of five armed ‘take-over’ bank robberies – including one June 8 at Sterling Savings Bank in Burien – that have occurred since January 2013.

Police released a boatload of surveillance photos and a video compilation in hopes that someone might have information about the suspect(s), which they’ve nicknamed the “Big Top Bandits.”

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered through Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest and charge of person(s) involved.

To be eligible for the reward, a person must provide the information through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

VIDEO:
Here’s a video compilation showing the robber(s) in action:

Here are the details:

  • Three robberies have occurred in King County jurisdiction.
  • Two robberies have occurred in Seattle PD jurisdiction.
  • Detectives are considering the cases as linked at this time. Detectives continue to investigate the actual number of suspects involved.
  • The June 8th 2013 Burien Sterling Savings robbery resulted in a bank teller being struck in the face by the suspect.
  • The July 1st Bank of America robbery is the first time two suspects have entered a bank together. All prior robberies were committed by a single suspect entering the banks.
  • The May 22nd 2013 Washington Federal robbery is Seattle resulted in a suspect firing a gunshot inside the bank.
  • Handguns are displayed and pointed in all robberies
  • Suspects rob despite several customers and employees being present.
  • Detectives are now (for the first time) releasing surveillance photos of a suspect vehicle believed to have been used in the February 28th 2013 Key Bank robbery. This vehicle is a blue 1983 – 1987 Mercury Marquis – very stock in appearance.

Tips can also be called in to the KCSO Communication Center (206-296-3311) or 911.

Robbery locations to date;

  • 1-16-13: Newcastle branch of Key Bank (KCSO)
  • 2-28-13: Rainier Ave branch of Key Bank (SPD)
  • 5-22-13: Rainer Ave branch of Washington Federal Bank (SPD)
  • 6-8-13: Burien branch of Sterling Savings Bank (KCSO)
  • 7-1-13: Newcastle branch of Bank of America (KCSO)

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions):
From the June 8 Burien robbery:

Burien Sterling Bank 060813 (1)

Burien Sterling Bank 060813

Burien Sterling Bank 060813 (4)

Burien Sterling Bank 060813 (3)

Burien Sterling Bank 060813 (2)

From the Jan. 16 Newcastle robbery: Newcastle Key Bank 011613 (1)

Newcastle Key Bank 011613 (2)

Newcastle Key Bank 011613 (3)

Newcastle Key Bank 011613 (4)

Newcastle Key Bank 011613 (5)

Newcastle Key Bank 011613

From the Feb. 28 Seattle Key Bank robbery:

Seattle Key Bank 022813 - Copy

Seattle Key Bank 022813 (1) - Copy

Seattle Key Bank 022813 (2) - Copy

Seattle Key Bank 022813 (3) - Copy

Pics of the suspect vehicle:

Car pass 2 (6)

Suspect vehicle Feb 28 Key Bank robbery (1)

Suspect vehicle Feb 28 Key Bank robbery (2)

Suspect vehicle Feb 28 Key Bank robbery (3)

Suspect vehicle Feb 28 Key Bank robbery (4)

Suspect vehicle Feb 28 Key Bank robbery

From the July 1 Newcastle robbery:

Newcastle BoA July 1 2013 (2)

Newcastle BoA July 1 2013 (3)

Newcastle BoA July 1 2013 (5)

Newcastle BoA July 1 2013 (6)

If you recognize these suspects, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be called in to the KCSO Communication Center (206-296-3311) or 911.

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One Response to “VIDEO: Detectives seeking public’s help finding Burien ‘take-over’ bank robbers”
  1. Wanker says:

    I think he’s just misunderstood.

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