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Elderly, halfhearted Florida bank robber won’t be jailed

A 74-year-old Florida man whose halfhearted attempt at bank robbery was caused by depression after his wife’s death will not spend any time in jail, it was announced Friday.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

100 years ago in Spokane: Robbery suspect faces California murder charge

Leo Hartman — alias Leo Hoffman, alias Leo Sims, alias Chester Clark — would not be returning to Spokane to face charges in robbing the Union Park Bank.

Coeur d’Alene man pleads guilty to robbing Spokane bank

The Department of Justice says a 24-year-old Coeur d’Alene man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Spokane bank

100 years ago in Spokane: Bank robber escapes in auto; coal shortage combines with cold

A gun-toting robber made off with a pile of cash and change at the Union Park Bank on East Sprague Avenue, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019

‘AK-47 bandit’ pleads guilty to Nebraska bank robbery

A Montana man dubbed the AK-47 bandit and accused of holding up banks in several states has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Nebraska.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

Reardan bank robbery suspect arrested 12 hours later, 15 miles away at Airway Heights casino

Hours after an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the U.S. Bank in Reardan, the robbery suspect was arrested at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies on the hunt for suspected bank robbers

A pair of suspected bank robbers escaped the scene of a silent holdup at a Spokane Valley bank Wednesday morning.

UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018

Bank robbery suspect arrested at Shadle Walmart

Spokane police arrested a man Sunday evening suspected of robbing two area banks.

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

Man suspected of robbing downtown Spokane bank arrested Thursday afternoon

A man suspected of robbing a downtown Spokane bank was arrested Thursday afternoon.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Man arrested for taking blowtorch to north Spokane Numerica Credit Union ATM

In the early morning hours of Nov. 26, Spokane police suspect 29-year-old Kirk Fisher pulled up to the Numerica Credit Union branch at 303 E. Lyons Ave. and took a …

Portland bank robbery suspect shot by police booked into jail

A grand jury in Oregon is scheduled in early December to review the Portland police shooting of an unarmed Tacoma, Washington, man who is suspected of robbing a bank and …

Another north Spokane drive-through ATM the target of want-to-be thieves

Another ATM was the target of rogue large machinery in north Spokane. It was again unsuccessful.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

ATM smashed by forklift at Banner Bank in north Spokane

For the second time in 10 days, a drive-thru ATM in north Spokane was the target of rogue machinery.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Man drives front-loader into ATM in north Spokane, escapes without money

A man slammed a front-loader into a drive-thru ATM in north Spokane early Monday in an apparent attempt to steal money.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Double Hat Bandit arrested for bank robberies in Spokane, six other states

The “Double Hat Bandit” suspected of robbing banks in Spokane and six other states has been captured in Indiana, according to the FBI.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017

FBI issues reward for Double Hat Bandit for bank heists in five states and Spokane

The FBI is willing to fork over $10,000 for information that leads to the conviction of the so-called “Double Hat Bandit,” who is believed to have committed 13 bank robberies …

Bank robbery charges filed against ‘AK-47 bandit’ suspect

Robbery charges have been filed in Nebraska against a man suspected of being the “AK-47 bandit,” who investigators believe robbed banks in five states.

100 years ago in Butte, Montana: Wobbly lynched by masked mob

The anti-Wobbly sentiment in the Northwest took a murderous turn. Frank Little, an official of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies), was kidnapped from his Butte boarding house by …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Lawyers plead for leniency for elderly, homeless bank robber

Public defenders are pleading for leniency for a 78-year-old, lifelong criminal who admitted robbing a Reno bank with a steak knife so he could return to prison instead of spending …

100 years ago in Medical Lake: Bank robbers make off with $14,000 after locking clerks in safe

Two clerks were working in the First National Bank of Medical Lake when two men entered and asked to cash a traveler’s check. When the cashier went to the window, …

Seattle man faces charges in North Dakota bank robbery

A Seattle man accused of robbing a bank in North Dakota is now also accused of terrorizing clerks in the business.

Police smash bank wall; free two trapped inside with suspect

Police smashed through a bank wall Friday afternoon and freed two people trapped inside with a man who claimed to have a bomb powerful enough to “take out the room.”

Woman wearing pajama bottoms robs 6 banks, police say

Police have arrested a Utah woman believed to be the pajama-wearing robber in at least six bank robberies in the Salt Lake City area, including five in less than two …

FBI: Memphis credit union robber arrested in Seattle

The FBI says agents from its Seattle field office have arrested a man charged with robbing a credit union in Tennessee.

Man suspected of robbing Hayden bank arrested

A man suspected of robbing a Hayden bank on Monday has been apprehended, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office reported. Hayden resident Charles R. Bartkowiak, 34, was arrested Monday after officials …

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office seeking public help to identify bank robber of Hayden bank

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a bank in Hayden, Idaho Monday afternoon.

100 years ago in Spokane: Bank robbers shoot grocer

From our archive, 100 years ago Two men attempted a brazen and bloody holdup of the Union Park Bank in Spokane, 2002 E. Sprague.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 27, 2016

Deputies arrest suspected armed robber of Umpqua Bank in Spokane Valley

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies quickly made an arrest after a robbery at the Umpqua Bank in Spokane Valley this morning.

Bank of America on Spokane’s South Hill robbed

A man robbed the Bank of America branch at 29th Avenue and Southeast Boulevard just before 5 p.m. Thursday, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money.

FBI seeks suspected bank robber

Police and the FBI are searching for a man they believe attempted to rob the Bank of America branch at 501 W. Appleway Ave. in Coeur d’Alene Wednesday morning.