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Police Searching For 'Quick-Change Bandit'

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, August 18, and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, August 16.

The subject may be a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, around 6’0” tall, and of stocky build (See photo). He threatened tellers during the robberies.

The subject is wanted for his alleged involvement in at least three bank robberies:

  • Saturday, Aug.16, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m. – Chase Bank, on Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, WA
  • Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, approximately 11:40 a.m. – Bank of America, on 104th Avenue SE, Kent WA
  • Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m. – Chase Bank on A Street SE, Auburn, WA

Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspected robber should refrain from approaching him and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force (SSSTF) includes members from the FBI, Bellevue Police Department, Auburn Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle Police Department. The SSSTF is working with the Kent and Lakewood police departments to identify and apprehend this robber.

City Offices Closed For Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Clover Park School District Begins New Year

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Clover Park School District kicked off the 2014-15 school year.

Schools in Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord welcomed back thousands of students from summer break. At Lakeview Hope Academy, the school celebrated with a "Tunnel of Hope" ceremony.

To see video highlights of the first day of school, visit http://goo.gl/DXpPDt .

The City of Lakewood would like to wish Clover Park School District students and employees, as well as other students, the best of luck this year. There's no doubt that you all have the ability to accomplish great things! #IamLakewood

Street Work Scheduled For September in Lakewood

Lakewood drivers might want to take note of construction work that is scheduled for early September

Madigan Access Project – Union Avenue and Berkeley Street

Temporary lane closures to allow placement of curbs, gutters and asphalt. Lane-widening will occur during the day through the first two to three weeks of September.

Hot-Mix Asphalt Patching

Patching will be completed on Gravelly Lake Drive between Nyanza (south) and Lake Steilacoom Drive, as well as 75th Street between Custer and Lakewood Drive during the week of Sept. 8. Temporary lane closures will be required. 

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Retains Class 3 Rating

The following is from West Pierce Fire & Rescue, which serves the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, as well as the Town of Steilacoom:

West Pierce Fire & Rescue was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) for the first time since the 2011 merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The citizens of West Pierce will be proud to know that both cities have retained their Class 3 rating.

Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities.  The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications.  Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating.

Starting in 2013, West Pierce began providing fire protection service to the Town of Steilacoom.  Due to this contract, the fire protection class rating for the Town of Steilacoom improved from a 6 to a 3.  This is a very significant improvement in their rating and may even have an impact on insurance premiums.  The WSRB recommends Steilacoom residents and business owners contact their insurance carriers to check for possible savings as a result of this change. 

West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Tacoma Fire Department, and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue are the only Class 3 fire departments in Pierce County.