Friday, June 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

Serial robber may be hiding in Tacoma

A Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive accused of being a serial robber is believed to be hiding in Tacoma. Pierce County detectives say they got dozens of Crime Stoppers tips from Washington’s Most Wanted viewers identifying Joseph Smith after surveillance photos aired in February. Now, investigators need help finding him.

Smith has four felony warrants for robbery and theft. Detectives say he robbed the Key Bank in Spanaway, the Twin Star Credit Union in Parkland and stole money from the till at a Denny’s Restaurant. During the last theft he was wearing a white headband. Detectives say he frequently wears bandanas and prescription glasses.

“This is a guy who’s robbed multiple banks and we believe he`s going to continue to do it and usually they’re supplying a drug habit or something like that,” said Pierce County sheriff’s detective Ed Troyer. “So not only are they addicted to medicine, they’re fueling that funding by robbing banks which terrifies bank tellers sometimes, so we definitely want to get this guy off the streets.”

Joseph Smith is 49-years-old and detectives say he is most likely couch surfing in Tacoma. If you can tell them where to find him, call an anonymous tip in to: CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS