Blaine woman arrested in connection with Bellingham bank robbery

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 15, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - A Blaine woman was arrested minutes after allegedly donning a brown wig and using a note to rob a Barkley-area bank Thursday morning, Aug. 15, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

Police got a call at about 9:40 a.m. from Banner Bank in the 1200 block of Barkley Boulevard, where a woman had just left after getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash during a robbery, said Sgt. Shawn Aiumu.

The woman passed a note to a teller implying that she had a weapon, though none was seen. After the woman left with the money, the teller was able to see her get into a dark blue SUV and drive off in the direction of Sunset Drive.

A nearby officer saw a Ford Explorer matching that description with no license plate and followed it onto Interstate 5 going north, then followed it off at the Meridian Street exit. Once the officer got backup, officers were able to pull the car over in the Burger King parking lot off of Telegraph Road.

The car was driven by Sondra Jean Dulaney, 55. No one else was in the vehicle.

The bank teller identified Dulaney as the robber and the car as the one she saw at the bank, Aiumu said, and Dulaney allegedly admitted to the robbery.

No weapon was found on her. Police impounded the SUV and applied for a warrant to search it for evidence.

Dulaney was booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of first-degree robbery.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com or call 756-2803.

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