Police follow leads before federal help arrivesThe Astoria Police Department is still "plugging away" at the investigation into the robbery of the U.S. Bank.

Det. Eric Halverson said not much has changed in the few days following the Monday afternoon robbery. He again declined to go into detail about how the robbery transpired.

"I can't go into that right now," he said.

Police said a man in his 20s or early 30s robbed the bank at 987 Duane St. shortly before 2 p.m., then took off on foot. The suspect hailed a cab at Ninth Street and Harrison Avenue and it is unclear where the suspect then went.

Police believe the suspect was acting by himself.

Witnesses in the bank said it appears the man may have passed a bank teller a note, then left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Halverson said the police are following up on leads, but wouldn't say if the search was limited to just the Astoria area or a larger region.

Monday afternoon police had a Subaru sedan towed from the corner of Ninth Street and Exchange Avenue. Police said the car was reported stolen and believe the man suspected in the bank robbery may have been responsible.

An Oregon State Police report on the car theft described the suspect in that incident as "a lone male driver, appeared tall, dirty blond short hair in his 20s."

The vehicle, a 1993 Subaru Loyale owned by an Astoria couple, is believed to have been stolen from the Astoria Middle School parking lot at 12:38 p.m.

Halverson said the vehicle is undergoing forensic examination.

He said the FBI should assist in the investigation soon, but said this morning that agents have not arrived in Astoria yet.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Halverson at the police department at 338-6411 ext. 24.

The F.B.I. eventually captured a suspect from the June robbery of the Astoria Wells Fargo bank. In that robbery a Florida man robbed the bank with a note and then fled on foot to a waiting getaway car driven by another man.

A Clatsop County Sheriff's deputy arrested the Florida man driving the getaway car on U.S. Highway 30 in Svensen, but the accomplice eluded capture for a few weeks until the FBI tracked him down.


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