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He took the bank’s money, but then waited for Bellingham police to arrive

Police arrest suspected bank robber in downtown Bellingham

Police arrested a suspected bank robber reportedly armed with a golf club and a brick at Washington Federal in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
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Police arrested a suspected bank robber reportedly armed with a golf club and a brick at Washington Federal in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

The man who robbed the Washington Federal bank on Cornwall Avenue Wednesday morning was unarmed and waited for officers to arrive to arrest him after he was given money.

Charles Morris Gallaher, 42, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery.

Officers were called at approximately 11:24 a.m. to the 1500 block of Cornwall Avenue for the report that Gallaher had passed a note indicating it was a robbery, according to information provided to The Bellingham Herald by Lt. Claudia Murphy.

Emergency radio broadcasts at the time of the robbery reported the robber was armed with a golf club and a brick.

When police arrived, they found that Gallaher was unarmed, Murphy said, and he indicated he was there to get arrested. He was given the money and waited for police to arrive so he could surrender peacefully, reportedly never attempting to leave the bank.

Emergency radio broadcasts of the incident said Gallaher was given $500.

According to Whatcom County Superior Court records, Gallaher has a previous conviction for second-degree theft from 2001.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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