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Originally published Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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‘Buffett Bandit’ believed captured

A bank security guard on Thursday apprehended a man believed responsible for a series of bank robberies around the area since September, Seattle police say.

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Seattle police believe they have finally found an elusive bank robber dubbed the “Jimmy Buffett Bandit” for his penchant for wearing Hawaiian shirts as he robbed at least nine banks since September.

It all started around 5:30 Thursday, when a 44-year-old man dressed in a ski mask and armed with what looked like a gun walked into the US Bank near Westlake Avenue and Eighth Avenue North and, threatening to shoot a bank clerk, demanded cash.

As the clerk handed over the money, a security guard walked up behind the robber, knocked what turned out to be a fake gun from his hand and wrestled the robber to the floor, holding him until police arrived.

Officers discovered cash and the fake gun strewn on the floor and the security guard holding a masked robber.

Police are now investigating whether the suspect is the robber who since fall has hit nine banks in Seattle, Bellevue, Covington, Kirkland, and Lacey, Thurston County.

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