Casual Crime Wave Sweeps Northwest 

Some local thieves really try to embrace the drama and wardrobe that go with the title of "robber." Examples of this include the man who emptied a Wells Fargo on August 5 with a bandit-style scarf over his face, the Nampa burglars who ransacked a home and bludgeoned its owner while wearing black clothing and ski masks and-our favorite-the elegantly dressed serial bank robber known for donning a suit, fedora hat and carrying his loot in a leather briefcase (all are still at large; visit for the stories). But the most successful stick-up artist in recent local history favors a simpler attire: dark slacks, a light button-up shirt, Nike baseball hat and comfy white Adidas kicks-especially important, since he always leaves the scene on foot.

The most recent crimes attributed to this busy thief are a pair of robberies from the afternoon of August 24. At 2:43 p.m., officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Washington Mutual Bank across from the Towne Square Mall on Milwaukee, where the suspect handed a teller a note demanding cash. Seventy minutes later at the U.S. Bank at Fairview and Five Mile, an identical theft took place. In both cases, the suspect did not show a weapon and left on foot.

Within hours, Boise Police announced the suspect has been linked to three other local bank robberies, from June 17, May 10 and April 14. In all cases, the suspect used a note and boldly committed his crimes in the middle of the afternoon. Two days later, officers announced the FBI had linked the same suspect to five more bank heists in Portland, Milwaukee, Bend and Gresham, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. All 10 robberies have taken place in the last three months, and three were in the week previous to the most recent Boise robberies. Somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed this summer vacation.

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