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Federal Way police responded to a bank robbery at approximately 9:30 a.m. May 27 at Rainier Pacific Bank, 35007 Pacific Highway S. - Jacinda Howard/The Mirror
Federal Way police responded to a bank robbery at approximately 9:30 a.m. May 27 at Rainier Pacific Bank, 35007 Pacific Highway S.
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‘Candyman bandit’ robs another bank

Federal Way police responded to a bank robbery at approximately 9:30 a.m. May 27 at Rainier Pacific bank, 35007 Pacific Highway South.

A male suspect presented a note requesting money to employees at the bank, police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said. The man did not have a weapon, nor did he threaten employees, she said. He left the location on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, she said. Federal Way police canvassed the area and alerted nearby businesses to the activity, but were unable to locate the suspect, Schrock said. Nobody was injured. The investigation has been turned over to the FBI, which has jurisdiction in bank robbery cases.

The FBI dubbed the suspect the “Candyman bandit” because the robber was seen with a lollipop or chewing gum. The suspect is a bald black man around 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and complexion. The FBI believes the suspect is connected to recent bank robberies in south Seattle and Burien. Anyone with information should call (206) 622-0460.

Thieves drain bank accounts

Federal Way police responded to a call about a pair of thieves who stole a woman’s purse, then emptied her checking and savings accounts while racking up credit card charges.

Robin Pfander had her purse stolen May 25 from Pattison’s West Skating Center in Federal Way, reports said. Two women were caught on surveillance cameras committing the crime. The suspects’ spree yielded about $10,000 in damages, reports said.

Anyone with information should call police at (253) 835-6700.

Committee’s new FW member

Roni Strupat of Federal Way was named to King County’s Technical Advisory Committee on May 27. As part of the committee, Strupat, a real estate agent specializing in equestrian and farm property in King County, will review county building and land-use procedures and costs.

“County permitting is often a long, complex process that is challenging for working class families. Making our rules more transparent will lead to faster, more efficient permitting and reduce costs for everyone,” said Reagan Dunn, Metropolitan King County Council member.

“I’m confident this committee will find ways to improve the financial bottom line for families who are building or improving their homes.”

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