Police nab suspect in string of robberies

Woman allegedly used stolen Car2go rental vehicle in one getaway

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian assistant metro editor


photoAuthorities say they apprehended this woman, suspected of robbing a Columbia Bank branch in Orchards June 26.

The woman suspected of robbing an Orchards-area Columbia Bank branch June 26 and then fleeing in a microcar was apprehended Wednesday, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. She also was wanted in connection to six other robberies in Clark County.

Deputies arrested Marie A. Berry, 35, of Vancouver on suspicion of seven counts of robbery, two counts of second-degree theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. They allege that her crimes include the robbery of a Hazel Dell convenience store in April, a string of other convenience store robberies and another robbery at a branch of the Peoples Community Credit Union in Hazel Dell.

In each incident, the robber implied that she had a weapon but did not display one, sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss said.

Hoss said the stolen getaway car used in the June 26 robbery at Columbia Bank was a Smart car belonging to the Car2go rental service, which is available in Portland. That robbery, reported at 3:39 p.m. at 7500 N.E. 117th Ave., was committed by a woman in dark sunglasses who demanded cash.

After the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money, the woman ran out. The act was captured by a video surveillance system.

Detectives with the sheriff’s Tactical Detective Unit investigated the robberies.

Wednesday, Berry was booked into the Clark County Jail. The Car2go vehicle has been recovered, Hoss said.