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Creston credit union branch robbed


A security camera in the credit union branch captured this photo of the robber.

Law enforcement agencies are asking for help from anyone having information concerning the robbery of the Creston branch of the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union last Friday.

Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers said the robbery occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 24. The lone robber was caught on the firm's security camera.

Magers reported that the robber fled in what was reported to be a light tan- or gold-colored extended-cab Chevrolet.

That vehicle, reportedly stolen from the Kennewick area, was found ablaze about an hour later on North Telford Road. The robber apparently set fire to the pickup to destroy any evidence it contained and then fled in another vehicle which had been stashed nearby.

Officials did not know what kind of vehicle the robber left in from the fire scene.

Officials received a 911 call from an employee of the credit union and rushed to the scene. An aerial search was also conducted in an effort to find the escape vehicle.

Anyone having information that might help lead to the capture of the robber is asked to contact Magers' office at (509) 725-3501.

Colleen Manley, president of the CDFCU, said the firm's teller, Cathy Kane, did everything by the book.

She said it was estimated that the robber, who was covered from head to toe and wore gloves, was between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Kane followed the credit union's robbery training protocol when the man asked for money and Kane gave it to him, Manley said.

Kane has been an employee of the credit union for nine years.

The credit union declined to reveal how much money was taken.

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