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Staff member OK after robber pepper-sprays them
LONGVIEW, Wash. (5/16/08)--An armed man lined up eight credit union employees and one member in the credit union and pepper sprayed them all, then fled with a bag of cash Tuesday afternoon. The man, who displayed a semiautomatic handgun, reportedly took off his mask as he left and said, “Good day, gentlemen,” to two men who were standing outside Fibre FCU, police said (Associated Press May 14). A police dog followed the scent but could not locate the suspect who robbed the $582.7 million asset, Longview, Wash.-based credit union, police said. No one required hospitalization, but the credit union closed for the afternoon, shortly after the 4 p.m. robbery, Larry Hoff, Fibre CEO, told News Now. The credit union reopened Wednesday morning, but the eight affected credit union employees were given the day off, Hoff said. “Counselors have come in since the event, and the affected staff are taking advantage of that offering,” Hoff added. Police believe the suspect is the same man who robbed a Centralia branch of Bank of America more than an hour after the Fibre heist. In that robbery, he fired one shot in the air but didn’t use pepper spray (tdn.com May 15).
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