Gig Harbor bank robbery suspect caught waiting for taxi

A man was arrested Monday afternoon in connection to a robbery at Kitsap Bank on Point Fosdick Drive Northwest in Gig Harbor.

Gary Lee King, 56, is suspected of walking into the bank, implying he had a weapon and getting away with an undisclosed amount of money before he went to a nearby business on foot to call for a taxi.

King was booked into the Pierce County Jail later that day on counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree malicious mischief, according to Gig Harbor police records. He was scheduled to be arraigned and charged Tuesday morning.

King, who was wearing sunglasses along with a gray hooded sweatshirt with a royal blue bandana over his head, aroused suspicion as soon as he entered the bank, according to police reports. He ignored conversation when he was met at the door and then approached a teller with a note implying he had a gun. No gun was found on his person at the time of his arrest.

After he took a bag of cash that included a GPS transponder, the man was seen crossing the street and then entering a building.

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy apprehended the suspect about 30 minutes after the robbery in a nearby parking lot.

A witness and a photo from the bank positively identified the suspect, according to police reports.

Further interviews with witnesses detailed how King had requested a taxi at the Merrill Gardens retirement community. A bag of cash was found in one of the building’s bathrooms.

When King was searched, money was found that still contained pieces of the transponder.