Burglary suspected, maybe to bunk in bank

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A homeless man appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of burglarizing downtown Vancouver's Key Bank on Friday, possibly so he could sleep there.

Stanley L. Frazier, 58, faces a charge of second-degree burglary at his July 12 arraignment. He was held on $20,000 bail. Vancouver lawyer Susan Stauffer was appointed to defend him.

The bank's security company summoned Vancouver police at 9:50 p.m. to report a man was walking around inside the bank building, 714 Main St.

When police searched the bank, they found Frazier locked in a room, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Vancouver police Sgt. Rod Trumpf said it appeared Frazier planned to spend the night in the employee break room.

There was no sign of forced entry, Trumpf said, so Frazier might have hidden inside before the bank closed or slipped in another way.

Frazier had food and money with him, as well as some of the bank's belongings, the probable cause affidavit says.

According to court documents, Frazier declined to answer any questions after his arrest.

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