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Credit Union robbery suspect found hiding under bed, Thurston deputies say

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

The suspect in a Monday morning credit union robbery northwest of Olympia was arrested that afternoon allegedly hiding under a bed.

It all started about 9:20 a.m. Monday at the Our Community Credit Union branch on Sexton Drive Northwest, off the Steamboat Island exit from U.S. 101. The suspect, whom tellers recognized as a regular customer at the branch, demanded $200,000 in cash and implied he had a gun, according to Sgt. Jason Casebolt with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Surveillance video showed the suspect leaving in a silver SUV, Casebolt said. Investigators traced the SUV’s license plate to a home near Shelton, where deputies arrested a woman who allegedly drove the SUV.

Shortly after that, deputies got a tip that the suspect was still in the home and found him hiding under a bed, Casebolt said. They also recovered cash from the bank totaling less than $7,000.

The credit union was closed for the rest of the day.

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