Photo leads Wash. police to bank rob arrest

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Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 9:34 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Armed with a good surveillance photo and a little help from the neighbors, police in Spokane, Wash., made an arrest in a downtown bank robbery less than an hour after the crime.

KXLY-TV reports (http://is.gd/9bFSQN ) police arrested 49-year-old David Thometz across the street from the Washington Trust Bank branch — in his room at a hotel.

After the Friday-morning robbery, police started showing a surveillance photo of the robber to people in the area. Those nearby pointed them to the hotel.

KXLY says records show Thometz was convicted of robbing a Sterling Savings Bank branch in downtown Spokane several years ago.

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