Lacey bank robbed, arrest made

WOMAN BOOKED: Witness sees her leave in vehicle, deputy detains her minutes later

Staff writerApril 11, 2011 

Lacey bank robbery suspect in custody

Lacey police investigate a robbery of the Heritage Bank branch near the intersection of Yelm Higway and College St.

BY STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian

A 27-year-old Olympia woman was arrested and booked into jail Monday after allegedly robbing a bank in Lacey earlier in the day.

Leandra Calhoun was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery after she entered the Heritage Bank at 5800 Rainier Loop S.E., presented a note to an employee stating that she had a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of money, said Lacey Lt. Phil Comstock.

According to Lacey police:

About 9:13 a.m. Lacey officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The woman had fled the bank and was seen by a witness leaving in a vehicle. Minutes later, a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy saw the vehicle near the intersection of Rainier Road and 138th Avenue Southeast. The driver was detained and then positively identified by a bank employee.

Comstock said no weapon was recovered on the suspect or in her vehicle and that all the money was accounted for, pending a confirmation from the bank.

“The time between the incident and when she was apprehended was very brief,” Comstock said. “I would presume that it was all recovered.”

Calhoun was cooperating with detectives and has provided information pertaining to why she robbed the bank, but that information could not be released at this point in the investigation, Comstock added.

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators say Calhoun does not appear to be the same woman responsible for a series of robberies and attempted robberies in Pierce County and elsewhere since December.

Nate Hulings: 360-754-5476

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