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Bellingham police searching for Peoples Bank robber

Police released this photo of a man accused of robbing a Peoples Bank on Meridian Street around 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. If you see him, call 911.
Police released this photo of a man accused of robbing a Peoples Bank on Meridian Street around 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. If you see him, call 911. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham police were searching for a man who robbed a Peoples Bank branch on Meridian Street on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Bank employees called police around 2:05 p.m. after the man slipped a note to a teller demanding cash, Bellingham police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said in an email. He did not appear to have a weapon, Vander Yacht said.

The man was seen running south, in the direction of the Lovers store at 4179 Meridian St.

Officers were looking for a white man with a scruffy beard in his mid- to late-20s, wearing a long green trench coat, a camouflage baseball cap and blue jeans. Detectives were canvassing businesses in the area, Vander Yacht said at about 4:45 p.m., to see if anyone had seen the man or if businesses had useful surveillance footage.

Anyone who sees a man matching the suspect’s description should call 911 or the Bellingham Police Department’s tip line at 360-778-8611.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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