• Serial bank robber nabbed after being spotted at Chipotle

    By: David Ham


    SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle police said Michael Turinski robbed three banks within a week.

    According to court documents, detectives said he robbed an Umpqua Bank on Second Avenue, an American West Bank on Seventh Avenue,  and a Sterling Savings branch on Eighth Avenue, all in downtown Seattle.

    In all, three robberies detectives said he got away with about $7,000 total.

    Seattle police said that someone saw a surveillance picture of Turinski and said they saw him working at a Chipotle restaurant in downtown Seattle.

    A few days after the third robbery, an employee at the Chipotle on Third Avenue called 911.

    Police arrived and detained him, but he was later released due to a lack of evidence.

    One day after being detained, Turinski was arrested for shoplifting at an IGA grocery store in downtown Seattle.

    Detectives booked him for robbery.

    Turinski told detectives he committed the Umpqua robbery alone and had accomplices for the two other robberies.

    He's being held at the King County Jail on $1 million bond.

    Court documents show Turinski has been arrested 15 times since 2007.

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