Kenneth D. Etheredge, 52, has been arrested and charged for Robbery in the First Degree after he robbed the U.S. Bank downtown on the corner of Capitol & 4th, then attempted to flee via a Mason Transit bus destined for Shelton.
Police were dispatched to the bank at approximately 3:15 pm for a report of a robbery. A man in his 50s had passed a note to a teller demanding money, and fled on foot with the funds.
What the robber didn’t know was that the bank teller had implanted a GPS tracking device designed for bank robberies inside the money that was handed over.
Olympia Police were able to track the device to Mason Transit bus route #6X, destined for Shelton, which happened to still be in the downtown area. Police stopped the bus and promptly arrested Etheredge, and returned the money back to its proper owner.