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Man arrested for armed robbery at East Bremerton ATM

A 24-year-old transient man was arrested Saturday night for armed robbery.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies were dispatched to a call regarding an armed robbery that just occurred at an automated teller machine (ATM) at a Bank of America branch in the Redwood Plaza in East Bremerton.

The robbery occurred at 9:02 p.m., according to KCSO.

The victim, a 43-year-old East Bremerton woman, said she started to use the ATM and was approached by a man who showed a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants. He withdrew the weapon, then quickly put it back into his waistband, according to KCSO. He did not point the weapon at the victim.

The woman stepped back and the man stepped up to the ATM, used the account balance inquiry feature to determine how much money was in the woman's account and then withdrew cash. He immediately fled the scene on foot across the Redwood Plaza parking lot and across NE Riddell Road.

The woman gave law enforcement a detailed description of the man and a witness provided deputies with a vehicle description and license plate number, as it left an adjacent parking lot across the road where the suspect had fled on foot, according to KCSO.

Deputies checked the vehicle's information and discovered the vehicle was registered to someone at an apartment complex on Parkside Drive in Bremerton. Bremerton Police officers located the vehicle at the apartment complex and found and detained a man who matched the description of the suspect.

The man had the exact amount of money taken from the victim's bank account on him at the time of his arrest, according to KCSO.

Deputies also found a ski-type mask and containers of pellets and CO2 cartridges used for pellet guns.

The man said he was recently discharged from the Navy and staying at various locations in the area. He listed Wartburg, Tenn. as his home of record and denied any involved in the robbery.

He was transported to Kitsap County Jail and booked for first-degree robbery with bail set at $250,000.

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