Bank robber discards the wig he wore in heist

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



A man wearing a women’s wig robbed a bank Tuesday on East Mill Plain Boulevard, according to emergency radio traffic.

The robbery occurred at 2:54 p.m. at Sterling Bank, 6501 E. Mill Plain Blvd.

The robber was described as a white man in his upper 30s or lower 40s, 5-foot-10, with a slim build, according to Vancouver police. He was wearing a curly, blond-to-light-brown women’s wig, which he discarded after the robbery; a scarf over his face and navy blue workout pants, according to radio traffic. Police said he also was wearing a dark jacket with rubbery material on it and construction style boots.

No weapon was seen during the robbery, according to police, and the robber did not imply that he had one.

The man was last seen walking east on Mill Plain Boulevard, carrying the money in a reusable grocery store bag, according to radio traffic. Police searched the area around the bank with a police dog, but the suspect was not found.

Marshall Elementary School and McLoughlin Middle School were placed on lockdown briefly while police searched the area.