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Robber apparently knew bank’s methods

An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from a north Spokane bank Monday by an armed robber who wore a red ski mask and appeared to possess a keen understanding of how banks operate, authorities said.

The robber, described as a 5-foot-6 white man with a medium build, held an unspecified weapon at his side and had the manager with him as he told Chase bank tellers at 2215 W. Northwest Blvd. to fill a backpack with cash, according to the Spokane Police Department. The robber asked for specific cash draws and appeared to know which types of money packs could be tracked, police said.

The weapon was never pointed at anyone during the 5:59 p.m. holdup and no injuries were reported, police said. The robber fled the bank on foot to the west. The robbery is being investigated by Spokane police and the FBI.

It was the second bank robbery reported in the Spokane area Monday but police say they’re unrelated.

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