This afternoon, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives arrested 51-year-old Michael J. Yardley and charged him with 2 counts of Robbery 1st Degree. One count stemming from this morning’s robbery and the second for the armed robbery on July 19, 2016 at the same Umpqua Bank branch.
Just after this morning’s robbery, detectives quickly distributed information regarding the robbery in July. Within an hour, Deputy Craig Chamberlin located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle used in both robberies in the 200 block of N. Felts.
Detectives responded to the location and upon further investigation, Yardley was identified, contacted outside an apartment and eventually arrested.
He was transported to the Public Safety Building where he is being interviewed by detectives. Afterward, he will be booked into the Spokane County Jail for 2 counts of Robbery 1st Degree.
This investigation is still active and detectives continue to collect evidence and contact witnesses.
Armed Robbery at Umpqua Bank in Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives are investigating an armed robbery of the Umpqua Bank located at 11205 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.
The robbery occurred just after 9:30 a.m., when an employee reported a male entered the bank, displayed a gun and demanded money. The suspect left the west side of the bank, ran to a vehicle parked on the northwest side and drove away.
Witnesses describe the suspect as a white male, 5’06” – 5’10” with a heavier build and a larger, round nose. He was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, brown work boots and a black mask covering his face.
The vehicle he fled the scene in was described as a green/teal, 2-door passenger car, possibly a Ford or Saturn.
The bank branch is closed at this time as Spokane Valley Deputies and Detectives continue their investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.