Crime

Fourth man charged in South Sound bank robbing spree

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a fourth man in connection with five South Sound banks that were robbed in eight days.

Craig Rigsbee, 21, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree robbery and was ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Already charged in the bank robbing spree are Jacob Fox, 24; Trevor Karinen, 23; and James Venson III, 23.

The men are suspected of holding up banks in Spanaway, South Hill, Tacoma and Federal Way. Prosecutors allege Rigsbee participated in at least two of the robberies.

On July 14, Rigsbee allegedly waited in the car with Fox while Karinen and Venson held up an America’s Credit Union branch in Spanaway.

Four days later, Fox and Rigsbee allegedly walked into a Heritage Bank branch in South Hill. Fox handed the teller a note demanding money and threatening violence while Rigsbee, dressed in a Seattle Seahawks shirt and hat, acted as a lookout.

After being arrested, Fox told detectives that Rigsbee showing his face in the bank was “kind of dumb,” according to charging papers.

The men were arrested after a tipster called the Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers.

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