Tacoma police: Robber trades in car with stolen cash

A man accused of robbing a Tacoma bank used his windfall to immediately trade in his car, charging papers show.

Tellers said a man walked into a Wells Fargo bank branch at 1001 Pacific Ave. on May 4 and handed over a note reading, “This is a bank robbery. Move fast. Don’t be a hero.”

The note also contained instructions on how to give him cash.

Soon after the holdup, Tacoma police detectives identified the robber as Levaughn McVea, 28, and began investigating his whereabouts.

They learned that within an hour of the bank robbery, McVea traded in a Dodge Neon and $1,800 cash for a new car, according to charging papers.

Documents did not identify the type of car he bought.

McVea has prior convictions for theft, malicious mischief, burglary, assault and possessing stolen property.

His corrections officer was able to identify him in surveillance video from the bank and at the car lot.

McVea has pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653