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Police searching for Washington Federal bank robber on Meridian Street

Bellingham Police released this photo of a man suspected in the robbery of Washington Federal Bank, 4110 Meridian St., on Friday evening, July 18, 2014.
Bellingham Police released this photo of a man suspected in the robbery of Washington Federal Bank, 4110 Meridian St., on Friday evening, July 18, 2014. COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM — Police were scouring Meridian Street for a possibly armed bank robber early Friday evening, July 18.

A white man in his 40s or 50s — wearing a black Navy baseball cap, a dark T-shirt and blue jeans — came up to a teller of the Washington Federal Bank, 4110 Meridian St. He threatened to shoot her if she didn't hand over money. She did not actually see a gun.

The man ran out the bank, with the money in a white bag, around 4:57 p.m. He headed north around the back side of the building, then may have turned east at Prince Avenue.

Police set up a perimeter and called in police dogs, while a U.S. border helicopter hovered overhead searching for the suspect.

Officers were asked to be on the lookout for a blue Nissan Pathfinder with a black hood, because the suspect's look and M.O. could be a match for a robber dubbed the "Alabama Band Bandit" by Washington's Most Wanted.

Call 911 if you see anyone matching the robber's description, or anything suspicious in the area.

And for live updates, follow @bhamcrime on Twitter.

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