July 21, 2010 in City, Region

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Spokane

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A man on federal probation for passing counterfeit money was arrested in Spokane Tuesday on suspicion of bank robberies in Omak, Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

Cameron Len Gaunt, 28, of Chelan, was arrested as he stepped outside a room at a Sprague Avenue motel about 7:30 p.m., said Bob Doty of the U.S. Marshals Service.

“He surrendered no problem,” Doty said.

A warrant was issued for Gaunt on a federal probation violation after a tipster identified him Tuesday as a suspect in robberies at the Bank of America in Omak July 13, a Washington Trust Bank in Wenatchee on July 16 and a Washington Trust Bank in Moses Lake on Tuesday.

In each case, the robber handed a bank teller a note demanding cash and did not display a weapon.

Gaunt was sentenced in 2008 to three years in federal prison and three years probation for passing counterfeit currency across the Pacific Northwest, according to court documents.

He had a prior history of passing forged checks and told police he was released from jail in June 2007 but soon became addicted to methamphetamine and “started hanging around the wrong crowd,” according to sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors.

Gaunt confessed to manufacturing and passing about 200 counterfeit $50 bills in Oregon, Washington and Idaho in 2007. He also admitted to buying weapons and ammunition with counterfeit money.

Before his sentencing in August 2008, prosecutors predicted that, without “significant effort” on Gaunt’s part, his criminal behavior would continue after prison, according to court documents.

Gaunt was released from prison June 18, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.


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