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Police arrest two teens suspected of robbery

Thu., Feb. 26, 2009, 1:18 a.m.

Two teens suspected of robbing a downtown Spokane banker as he smoked may have the victim to credit with their arrest Tuesday.

A Bank of America employee was robbed Monday when he declined an offer to buy marijuana while on a cigarette break near Second Avenue and Howard Street, according to Spokane police.

The next day, the same employee spotted the suspects at the Spokane Transit Authority plaza at 701 W. Riverside Ave. about 7:15 p.m., according to police.

They ran, but police arrested one as he tried to hide what they say was a stolen semi-automatic handgun near a parked car. STA security arrested the other, whom police say was trying to grab a gun from his waistband.

Both guns were stolen, police say, one from a Spokane Valley burglary on Feb. 11 and the other from the Tacoma area.

The teens, both 17-years-old who said they were from Tacoma, were booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on Tuesday on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, according to police.

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