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Another Robbery In Spokane Puts School Under Lockdown

By Kassandra Garcia     Dec 2, 2010 in Crime
Spokane - A local bank in Spokane Valley, Washington was robbed and caused area school to be put on lockdown while police searched for the suspect. The official press release from the Spokane Valley Police follows.
The Spokane and Spokane Valley areas have seen an increase in robberies over the last few months, some speculate that it is due to the economy. The most recent establishment to get hit by criminals was the Sterling Savings Bank at 11205 E. Sprague on Thursday afternoon. The suspect was armed and got away with an undisclosed about of money.
When leaving the bank, the suspect left tracks in the snow that led police to a nearby home. Two schools in the area were put on lockdown due to the police activity. One school was still in session and students were slowly release to their parents, while ones that ride the buses home were escorted off school property to a safe zone before being able to head home. The other elementary school was already out for the day and students in after school programs were kept inside and then released to parents.
This story is being tracked by local KHQ News.
The official press release from the Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office:
A lone gunman walked into the Sterling Savings Bank at 11205 E. Sprague about 4:25 p.m. Thursday, brandished a pistol at tellers and then left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Employees told officers that the suspect entered the bank through the west doors and already had a chrome pistol drawn. He demanded cash which was placed into a green and blue bag.
The suspect left the east doors of the bank. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
A sheriff's K-9 team attempted to track the suspect but was unsuccessful. The amount of cash stolen was not disclosed.
The suspect was described as a white male 25 to 30 years old who was about 5'06" tall and weighed 130 pounds. He wore sunglasses, a dark coat, a stocking cap and dark jeans.
The suspect discarded the stocking cap and it was recovered by officers.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery or suspect involved is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
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