Alleged “Elmer Fudd” bandit pleads not guilty to robberies

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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The alleged “Elmer Fudd” bandit, known for wearing an earflap hat and hunting clothes during his heists, pleaded not guilty Friday to seven bank robberies in east Vancouver.

Meanwhile, his accused getaway driver pleaded not guilty to being an accomplice to five robberies.

Daniel L. Teeples, 39, and Anne L. Bradley, 31, both of Vancouver, were in court Friday afternoon for arraignment. Prosecutors have charged Teeples with seven counts of first-degree robbery and Bradley with five counts of first-degree robbery.

A tentative trial date for both defendants was set for March 26.

Prosecutors alleged that in December and January, Teeples committed a series of robberies at banks located east of Interstate 205. In some robberies, the suspect simply announced he was committing a robbery; in other cases, he claimed he had a gun, according to court documents.

To charge first-degree robbery at a bank, prosecutors by law don’t have to prove a weapon was involved -- they only must show the crime was committed at a financial institution.

The case surfaced Feb. 2 when Teeples and Bradley were caught by police fleeing the Bank of America branch at 13411 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Police found money and a money tracker on them.

During an interview with investigators, the two admitted to the other robberies, according to court documents. Investigators reportedly linked them to these cases: a Dec. 16 robbery at US Bank at 16425 S.E. McGillivray Blvd.; a Dec. 27 heist at Key Bank at 13215 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.; a Jan. 3 robbery at US Bank at 6407 N.E. 117th Ave.; a Jan. 13 robbery at Bank of America at 3317 S.E. 192nd Ave.; Jan. 18 robbery again at the McGillivray Blvd. US Bank; and another Jan. 25 holdup at the Northeast 117th Avenue US Bank.

Teeples and Bradley remain in Clark County Jail.