Saturday, June 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

Cops seek bank robber with distinctive head wear, glasses

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying a serial bank robber with a thing for headgear and black rimmed glasses.

The first robbery was on Dec. 5 at the Key Bank on Pacific Avenue South. The suspect was wearing a tan coat with a red and black hunting hat with ear flaps, and he used a blue scarf to hide his face. Det. Ed Troyer says the crook wasn’t alone. He left in a stolen vehicle with a getaway driver.

“So, we have a couple of bank robbers out there now that are pretty prolific and we need the public’s help getting them caught and getting them off the streets so nobody gets hurt and no more tellers are terrified,” Troyer said.

The suspect hit a second time on New Year’s Eve, stealing money from the till at a Denny’s restaurant. He was wearing a blue sweatshirt with an Oakley insignia on the front and a white bandana wrapped around his head. The robber’s third heist was on Feb. 10 at the Twin Star Credit Union on Pacific Avenue South. This time, he was wearing a yellow jacket with a dark stocking cap and bill with ear flaps.

“This bank robber has glasses that are peculiarly unique, and we want to be able to find somebody who might know a guy who’s wearing these type of glasses or seeing this disguise,” Troyer said.

The tipster who calls Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips with the suspect’s name will get a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.