UPDATE: Man robs First Independent Bank in The Heights, escapes

Police, tracking dog unable to locate robber

By John Branton and Paul Suarez

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Updated: August 26, 2011, 10:14 PM

 
photoThis short, heavyset man robbed the Heights Branch of First Independent Bank Friday.

A disguised robber held up the First Independent Bank in the McLoughlin Heights area on Friday afternoon and escaped despite a major police effort to find him.

The bank, located at 6501 E. Mill Plain Blvd., was robbed just before 2 p.m. Several police officers rushed to the scene, took positions around the area and searched it with a tracking dog.

The robber was described as a heavyset white male, 5 feet 5 inches tall. He wore latex gloves, a light-blue, long-sleeve button-up shirt, dark glasses, tan pants, a wig and a fake mustache. He carried a blue shoulder bag, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. He may have worn a black watch on his left wrist.

No weapon was seen and the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money, Kapp said.

It appears no one was hurt in the robbery, Kapp said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.