Robbers Target East Bremerton Banks

Four unsolved bank robberies in seven months on the east side of Bremerton — just what’s going on here?

Two curious facts quickly emerge when looking at all four: 1) the targeted banks are in a concentrated area surrounded by neighborhoods, and 2) with each robbery, the suspect has become more public in his demands.

East Bremerton, with its neighborhoods sandwiched together and abutted by hedges and fences, gives a suspect many possible escape routes.

Police also aren’t ruling out the possibility that the latest robbery could be connected to one of the other three unsolved robberies. Each time the robber has drawn ever more attention to himself during the act — from the Nov. 2 robbery, in which a silent suspect slipped a note to a teller to Tuesday’s robbery, in which the culprit pulled a gun and demanded a full bank of customers to lie down on the floor.

Click below and we’ll look back and examine the similarities — if any — between the bank incidents:

Nov. 2 robbery: Kitsap Bank on Wheaton Way

Time: 9:15 a.m.

Suspect’s Description: White male in his 20s wearing a white baseball cap and red sweatshirt, jeans and white tennis shoes. Had thick sideburns and a mustache. Estimated to be six feet tall and weigh 200 pounds.

Suspect’s Actions: Entered bank, set a bag on the counter. He asked a female teller to fill it with money, though he never flashed a weapon. She complied, and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Dec. 21 robbery: Kitsap Bank on Lebo

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Suspect’s Description: White male, about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, wearing a large, green hooded jacket at the time of the robbery.

Suspect’s Actions: Gave the teller a note instructing her to give him cash and he fled from the scene in an unknown direction.

April 20: Key Bank on Wheaton Way

Time: 9 a.m.

Suspect’s Description: Black male, about 6 feet tall, 25 to 30 years old, with no facial hair and “bushy” eyebrows. During the robbery, he was wearing a blue bandana over his face, blue athletic pants with striped white tennis shoes and a dark, athletic-type bag. He was likely wearing “Herringbone” shoes.

Suspect’s Actions: Walked up to the counter and pulled what was described as a “shiny” handgun and “cocked it to one side,” before telling a bank teller, “Give me all your money,” according to reports.

May 30: Kitsap Bank on Wheaton Way

Time: 11:10 a.m.

Suspect’s Description: White male or a light-skinned black male in his early 20s, wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and gloves. He reportedly was carrying a black semi-automatic handgun.

Suspect’s Actions: Walked into the bank, held up a semi-automatic handgun and told a bankful of customers to lie down on the ground. Took money from each of the teller’s registers, not just one.

Anyone out there have their own theories on what’s going on here?

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