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Portland man gets 32 months in Vancouver credit union robbery

By , Columbian staff writer

A Portland man accused in a string of robberies was sentenced Wednesday to 32 months in prison for a May robbery at the Columbia Credit Union branch in central Vancouver.

Jonathan Moscone, 25, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree robbery.

The Vancouver Police Department responded around 1:20 p.m. May 31 to the credit union at 3003 N.E. 62nd Ave., for reports of a robbery. The teller told police a man gave her a note that read “start with the hundreds no dye packs hurry.” After the teller gave him money, the man ran, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Moscone made off with $342, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty said Wednesday.

A K-9 search in the direction the man reportedly ran found he had removed the clothes he wore inside the credit union, court records state.

Someone at a nearby apartment complex later told police they saw a man matching the robber’s description leave the complex on a motorcycle.

Investigators identified the man as Moscone from surveillance video, Facebook photos of him and the motorcycle, and from information from the Portland Police Bureau, which suspects him in other robberies, according to the affidavit.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Portland today on two counts of bank robbery. FBI investigators in Portland linked him to a March 22 robbery at Bank of America, in which he allegedly ran off with $2,500 in cash, and a March 25 robbery at Wells Fargo, in which he stole $7,400, according to an affidavit in the federal case.

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