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Maple Leaf robber arrested

July 27th, 2010 by Mike

The suspect in the robbery last week at the Maple Leaf Moneytree check cashing service has been arrested in the Portland, Oregon, area, Seattle Police said today.

He is Todd Lucas, and officers considered him armed and dangerous. The Moneytree is at 551-B N.E. Northgate Way.

“Seattle Police Robbery detectives will be interviewing Lucas soon.  Thanks to everyone who called in with information and tips!” a police press release states.

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Another neighborhood credit union robbery

July 2nd, 2010 by Mike

On the last day of June, a robber again hit the Alaska Federal Credit Union inside the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way, police report.

It was the third time an area credit union has been robbed this year, and the second for this credit union, previously robbed by the “F-Bomb Bandit.”

Police say about 6:35 p.m. on June 30 the credit union branch manager was working the only open teller window in the credit union, 1110 N.E. Northgate Way, when a man handed her a wrinkled half-piece of paper that read “cash, no alarms.”

The manager handed the robber almost all the money in the top drawer, but he said “second drawer as well,” the police report states. That drawer was empty, but the man still got more than $1,000. “The suspect took his note with him and stuffed the money in his jacket pocket” and walked out of the credit union, the report states.

The same thing happened during a robbery June 18 at the Alaska credit union inside the Safeway at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street. There, too, the robber took the cash and his note, leaving no evidence at the scene, police said.

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Bank robber hits credit union inside Roosevelt Safeway

June 25th, 2010 by Mike

Police are looking for the bank robber who held up the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union inside the Safeway store at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street last Friday.

Officers said a man walked up to the teller window at the store, 7300 Roosevelt Way N.E., about 5:30 p.m. on June 18. He handed the teller a note stating “this is a robbery,” according to police reports.

The robber took cash from the teller, and he took his note back, too, the report indicates. “There was no evidence left behind by the suspect.”

We’ve asked the FBI for more information and a copy of the bank’s surveillance photo.

A different robber, the “F-Bomb Bandit” who turned out to be a 16-year-old girl, robbed the Alaska credit union inside the  QFC up the street at 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E. in February. Two months ago Seattle Police arrested a man suspected of being the “Grim Reaper Bandit” shortly before midnight outside that QFC, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Both the Maple Leaf Pharmacy and Reckless Video in Maple Leaf were robbed late last year by a man who police said wanted drugs.

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Group Health Credit Union to celebrate grand reopening, new name Friday

April 22nd, 2010 by master

Earth Day seems the perfect day for the former Group Health Credit Union to reveal its new name: Salal Credit Union, which is named after a plant that’s native to the Northwest that also has medicinal properties to go along with its health care-focused strategy.

The Northgate branch of Group Health Credit Union is celebrating its grand reopening Friday with a new name, Salal Credit Union.

But the credit union has more than just its new name to celebrate. Its Northgate branch, which closed in October for renovations, also is inviting members and the community to check out its new look during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand reopening from noon to 5 p.m. Friday.

And the festivities at the Northgate branch, located at 11023 Eighth Ave. N.E., continue Saturday with the bank’s annual Shredathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“People from the community, anybody can come and bring up to two bags of sensitive material that can be shredded on site and safely disposed of,” said a credit union spokesperson. In addition, she said there will be people on site to discuss the importance of shredding sensitive documents that could make you susceptible to identity theft. [Read more →]

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