Lacey bank robbery suspects caught using GPS hidden in stolen cash

Staff writerDecember 30, 2013 

A teller at the Navy Federal Credit Union in Hawks Prairie helped lead police to two bank robbery suspects Friday afternoon when she planted a GPS tracker inside a stack of $20 bills taken by one of the thieves, court papers state.

A judge ordered Jonathan Watson, 58, and Earl Lee Alexander, 53, held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery during a court hearing Monday. Watson was additionally ordered held on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.

Lacey police arrested the two men after they were tracked to Marvin Road near Third Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Watson is accused of entering the bank Friday and giving a teller a note implying he had a gun and demanding money. The teller gave him $4,300 cash, and he fled the bank.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The global positioning satellite tracker led police to a older Dodge pickup headed south on Marvin Road. Alexander was the driver of the pickup. The teller came to the scene of the traffic stop with a police escort and identified Watson as the person who had robbed the bank. Officers found a small amount of methamphetamine on Watson's person when he was searched prior to booking.

After getting a search warrant for the truck, detectives found approximately $4,300 and the GPS tracker belonging to the Navy Federal Credit Union.

Alexander told detectives that he told Watson that robbing a bank "was a bad idea and that they would get caught."


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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