Suspected ‘pug bandit’ indicted on bank robbery

William McKinley Croskrey, 40, is believed to be the "pug bandit" responsible for three Portland robberies dating back to September 2011. He was arrested in July 2013. (Portland Police Bureau)
William McKinley Croskrey, 40, is believed to be the "pug bandit" responsible for three Portland robberies dating back to September 2011. He was arrested in July 2013. (Portland Police Bureau)

(KOIN) – A man nicknamed “the pug bandit” has been indicted on federal charges in connection with three Portland bank robberies dating back two years.

Surveillance video of the "Pug Bandit," from a bank robbery on May 13, 2013 at the Columbia State Bank on Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The man is suspected in two other bank robberies dating back to September of 2011. (Portland Police Bureau)
Surveillance video of the “Pug Bandit,” from a bank robbery on May 13, 2013, at the Columbia State Bank on Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (Portland Police Bureau)

William McKinley Croskrey, 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury this week on three counts of bank robbery.

According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), Croskrey was arrested in July. The first two robberies occurred on Sept. 16, 2011, and Sept. 22, 2011. The latest occurred on May 13.

The Sept. 16, 2011, robbery occurred at a U.S. Bank branch at 636 SE Grand Ave. In that incident, the suspect demanded money and left behind an item he claimed was a bomb. The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit later determined it was harmless.

The Sept. 22, 2011, robbery occurred at a West Coast Bank located at 1234 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. According to PPB, the man presented a demand note that claimed he had a bomb, although no suspicious device was left behind when he fled.

On May 13, a man entered the Columbia State Bank, located at 1234 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., presented a demand note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Portland police did not confirm how Croskrey was identified or caught.

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