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Bank Robber Uses Craigslist to Make Clean Get Away

By KJ Mullins     Oct 2, 2008 in Crime
A robber hired several men in Monroe, Washington to be decoys without their knowledge. Using Craigslist the man instructed the men to wear specific clothing and to meet near the Bank of America.
The decoy scheme worked as the robber made a clean get away.
The men were told to meet at 11 a.m. at Monroe's Bank of America wearing a yellow vest, safety goggles, a respirator mask… and, if possible, a blue shirt. For the pay of $28.50 the men thought this was a good deal. The ad was placed last week.
With about a dozen men all dressed the same helped the robber escape.
The real robber sprayed an armored car guard with pepper spray and then grabber his money bag. He ran about 100 yards to a creek that runs into the Skykomish River, stripping as he ran.
King 5 reports:
"He was wearing a dust mask, a particle mask. At first I thought it might be a surgical mask. I still didn't think anything was wrong, just unusual. Then I noticed he had a pump sprayer," said Mitch Ruth, who had looked out his office window and noticed the man walking into the bank.
One witness said that the man swam away while another said that he used an inner tube as his get away vehicle.
As King 5 reports:
"We did get an inner tube that was about 200 yards from the place where he entered the water and took that for evidence," said Debbie Willis, Monroe Police.
The police think that from the creek the robber made it to a nearby boat launch or park where accomplices were waiting to pick him up.
The FBI is now working with Monroe Police to trace the ad. They are asking those who responded to call them.
The locals are a bit amused at the creativity of the robbing ad placer.
"Creative. Not a right way of doing it, but creative," said Monroe resident Byron Bevard.
"I grew up in LA and I never heard of anything so crazy in my life," said resident Sarah Vazquez.
The suspect is a man in his 20's. He is white and between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10. He was last seen in a dark blue shirt, jeans shorts and a mask.
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