Police: Man robs same Bremerton bank twice in three years

Police: Man robs same Bremerton bank twice in three years
Photo courtesy of Bremerton PD
BREMERTON, Wash. -- Police say the man who robbed a Bremerton bank on Wednesday afternoon robbed the same bank -- and the same teller -- three years ago.

Police arrested Joshua James Driskell at 4:30 p.m., roughly three hours after he allegedly robbed a Key Bank on Wheaton Way and Sylvan Road in East Bremerton.

Using surveillance photos of the robber and his getaway vehicle, police tracked down Driskell to an East Bremerton apartment complex, where he was found hiding in a back room.

The 24-year-old was arrested and booked into Kitsap County Jail on suspicion of first degree robbery.

Amazingly, police say this was the second time in three years that Driskell robbed the same bank and the same bank teller. He was sentenced to 50 months in prison after being convicted of second degree robbery in connection with a September 24, 2010 robbery at the Key Bank.

Driskell was released last month, but he failed to follow the requirements of his release and the Department of Corrections issued a warrant for escape from community custody earlier this week.

"One month after getting out of prison, he robs the same bank -- you simply cannot make this stuff up," Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan said in a news release. "While it may seem a little funny, it was deadly serious to the victims at the bank and our Officers did a great job getting this dangerous felon off the streets within just a few hours."