Apparently, Seattle was only fourth last year nationwide in bank robberies.
With 74 bank robberies in 2006, Seattle ranked fourth in the nation behind only Los Angeles (357), Boston (343) and Philadelphia (292), said FBI spokeswoman Robbie Burroughs.
Statewide, FBI agents and police responded to 272 bank robberies last year, compared with 221 in 2005, Burroughs said.
Washington has historically had among the highest number of bank robberies. The state recorded 357 robberies in 1998, an all-time high. However, the numbers have declined in recent years.
FBI Special Agent Larry Carr blames our high number of bank robberies on Seattle’s high level of homelessness.
Of all of the robberies investigated last year, Carr said he can’t think of any suspect who had a permanent address.
“If they’re not homeless, they’re transient. They’re living in a hotel room based upon the proceeds of their bank robbery,”
In case your wondering, here are some WA bank robbery fun facts:
- 93 percent of bank robbers are men.
- Most bank robberies are nonviolent. Only four assaults occurred in 272 robberies.
- The bank most likely to be hit? Bank of America.
- Average take statewide? $3,622
- Average take Seattle? $2,004
- Average take Spokane? $6,026
Hmm. I’ve been robbing banks in the wrong city.