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Search for Armed and Dangerous Bank Robber in Marion County
Reward of up to $5,000 Still Remains in What is Likely a Related Bank Robbery

FBI Portland October 25, 2012
  • Beth Anne Steele (503) 460-8099

The FBI and Marion County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating an armed and dangerous bank robber who hit in the Salem area Thursday afternoon. The man walked into the Central Willamette Community Credit Union located at 852 Lancaster Drive SE at about 12:05 p.m. He ordered everyone to the ground and took an undisclosed amount cash from behind the teller counter. He was armed with a black handgun. There were about five employees in the credit union at the time; no one was physically hurt.

The robber was wearing what looked to be a black Halloween mask underneath the hood of his jacket. When the robber left the building, he got into a waiting car. That car, an older model El Camino, was stolen overnight and, shortly after the robbery, dumped about a mile from the credit union. There is no description available for the driver of the car.

There is a limited description for the bank robber:

  • Race: Unknown
  • Height: 5’9”-6’1”
  • Build: Average
  • Eyes: Unknown
  • Hair: Unknown
  • Other: Wearing a hooded sweatshirt (possibly dark grey) with a two-tone stripe down the sleeves. The stripe is black on the top half of the sleeve and then transitions to grey or white on the bottom half of the sleeve. He was also wearing jeans and some kind of gloves, possibly grey with tan colored palms.

Investigators believe that Thursday’s robbery is likely linked to a previous robbery on September 10 at the West Coast Bank located at 5686 Commercial Street SE in Salem. The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force (FIST) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two armed and dangerous bank robbers in that case.

In that previous robbery, one suspect stood watch as the other approached the teller counter, brandished a black handgun and demanded cash. No one was physically hurt in that robbery. The men left the bank in a stolen truck that was recovered a short time later.

In the September 10 robbery, the suspects were described as:

Suspect #1:

  • White man
  • Age: 40-50’s
  • Height: 6’0”
  • Build: Medium
  • Clothing: Welder’s mask, blue or black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans

Suspect #2:

  • White man
  • Age: 40-50’s
  • Height: 5’9”—5’10”
  • Build: Thin
  • Clothing: Blue or black long-sleeved shirt, dark colored pants with blue jeans underneath, brown shoes or boots, dark colored baseball hat with white or grey lettering, and dark colored goggles with a light colored cloth over the face

Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspects in either case should contact the FBI in Salem at (503) 362-6601 during normal work hours, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 24 hours a day, the Salem Police at (503) 540-2352, or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 588-5032.

FIST is a cooperative effort made up of representatives from banks, savings and loans, and credit unions, as well as representatives from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The purpose of FIST is to help reduce crimes committed against financial institutions, and by so doing, ensure the safety of our staff and customers/members.

- View press release and photos from September 10 robbery.