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Posted on: October 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Police Need Your Help to Find Rent Money Bandit

Rent Money Bandit

Police need your help to find the Rent Money Bandit.

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least three different banks, each time during the first few days of the month. (The timing led to his nickname.) The most recent bank robbery occurred Oct. 2, 2014, in Bellevue.

The suspect may be a white male in his 30s or 40s, about 6 feet tall, with thin build. In all the robberies, he is wearing a dark baseball cap (various styles), dark sunglasses and black gloves. In two robberies, he wore a raglan shirt with dark sleeves. For the Newcastle robbery, the Rent Money Bandit’s hat had a distinctive, triangular letter A. He implied he had a weapon in at least one robbery.

The suspect is wanted in connection with at least three bank robberies:

• Aug. 4, 2014, about 10 a.m. – Chase Bank, Northwest Gilman Boulevard, Issaquah

• Sept. 2, 2014, about 2 p.m. – Chase Bank, Southeast Sixth Way, Newcastle

• Oct. 2, 2014, about 2:30 p.m. – Chase Bank, Overlake Branch on 156th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect should refrain from approaching him and contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with information that can help identify him is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous, and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is working with the Issaquah and Newcastle police departments to identify and apprehend the suspect. The task force includes members from the FBI; Bellevue, Auburn and Seattle police departments; and the King County Sheriff’s Office.

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