Oops… wrong guy! Tenino man mistaken for bank robber at Tumwater bank

policebadgeYou could call it a case of mistaken identity.  It led to a man being hauled off to the pokey and accused of robbing a bank.

But a 59-year-old Tenino man isn’t laughing.

According to The Olympian, police and bank employees wrongly accused him of being a wanted fugitive, a man wanted by police for robbing local banks.

The man first raised suspicion when he walked into the Timberland Bank on Trosper Road in Tumwater, picked up some brochures, and then left.  Bank employees thought that was suspicious.  They also thought he closely resembled a photo of another bank robber they had seen in a Crime Stoppers flyer.

Police made the arrest, but have now let him go and cleared the man’s name.  No word on whether the bank has apologized.

To read more about what led to the man’s arrest, click on The Olympian story about the mistaken bank robber.


3 Comments to “Oops… wrong guy! Tenino man mistaken for bank robber at Tumwater bank”

    Gertrude said:
    September 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    The tellers are taught to be suspicious of everyone. Especially if they come in and leave. They think that person is casing the place. I doubt that guy would want to open an account if they did appologize. They’ll use the excuse of they are just doing their job.

    NAVYTOWN said:
    September 28, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Maybe next time he'll go ahead and rob the bank, since he's already been branded as a 'bank robber'.

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