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Security camera image of WECU branch robbery suspect (March 2, 2020). Source: Bellingham Police Department

Police: Bellingham WECU branch probably not robbery suspect’s 1st target

The day after the Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) was robbed, Bellingham Police investigators learned the suspect had been at a branch of a different credit union just minutes before the robbery but left after being asked to remove the baseball cap he was wearing.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Richey in Whatcom County Superior Court, the suspect, later identified as Leevi Allen Rosso, age 24, could be seen on March 2nd surveillance video in an Industrial Credit Union branch in Bellingham. He is seen entering the branch wearing the same clothes as the suspect in the WECU robbery. While waiting in line, a teller asks him to remove the cap. Instead, he “begins to cause a scene” and leaves. The suspect appears on WECU surveillance video about 15 minutes later.

Based on this information, Rosso has been charged with 1st degree attempted robbery in addition to the 1st degree robbery charge from the WECU branch incident.

The court document goes on to say that closeup WECU surveillance photo indicated color variations in skin tone and the presence of a skin-colored substance collecting around the back opening of the baseball cap and on the collar of the hoodie he was wearing. “This is consistent with using makeup or ‘concealer’ for tattoos,” the affidavit says.

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Security camera image of WECU branch robbery suspect (March 2, 2020). Source: Bellingham Police Department
Security camera image of WECU branch robbery suspect (March 2, 2020). Source: Bellingham Police Department

In August of 2019, a notice of a felony warrant from the state Department of Corrections’ Everett office for Rosso was published by the Everett Herald. Tattoos are visible in a photo of Rosso that accompanied that notification.

Leevi Rosso (Washington State Department of Corrections). Source: HeraldNet.com

Rosso was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail in Tacoma by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department on March 10th according to jail records. He was booked into Whatcom County Jail on March 13th on outstanding warrants and the new robbery and attempted robbery charges. According to jail records, Rosso remained in custody as of March 15th.


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