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Four banks hit with threats

February 2008

Notes attached to concrete thrown through windows

By BRAD WONG
P-I REPORTER

A vandal -- or a group of them -- hurled pieces of concrete with attached messages raging against elitists and supporting the working class through the windows of four Bremerton banks Thursday, police reported.

The typed notes on white pieces of paper were attached with duct tape and asked bank officials whether they recognized the bricks, said Bremerton Police Department spokesman Andy Oakley.

"It is part of the wall that you, as one of the elite upper class, have helped to build between the minority ruling class, and the majority working class throughout history," the notes read in all capital letters.

The notes, which were the same in all four instances, warned the banks that they are a "target" and that they should "get used to it."

At the bottom, someone had signed: "Social Youth Chaos."

Bremerton police are reviewing bank video and have contacted the FBI for assistance. Investigators also plan forensic examinations of the duct tape, notes and concrete pieces, each which weigh about 3 pounds.

"We don't know of the group and don't have any similar crimes against banks," Oakley said Thursday.

Bremerton officers learned of the first bank attack about 4 a.m. when a passer-by reported a possible burglary in progress at the US Bank at 2020 Sixth St.

About 15 minutes later, officers received a call about a second possible burglary at the Key Bank at 3570 Wheaton Way.

In both cases, officers realized the banks' windows were broken, but holes were not large enough for a person to fit through, police reported.

Officers searched the area and discovered two other banks -- the Bank of America at 1000 Sixth St. and the Kitsap Bank at 3425 Wheaton Way -- with similar broken windows and notes.

In all of the incidents, no one tried to enter the banks, Oakley said. The concrete chunks are about 4-by-10-inches and 3 inches thick, he added.

Late last year, Bremerton police learned that a group claiming to be the Animal Liberation Front vandalized a KFC by taping posters to the windows. The posters contained messages about brutalizing chickens, Oakley said.

But investigators do not believe that was connected with the bank cases.

If convicted, the vandals could face possible misdemeanor or felony malicious mischief charges, depending on the total dollar damage, which was not available Thursday afternoon.

HOW TO HELP

Bremerton police ask that anyone with information about these bank cases call Detective Robert Davis at 360-473-5361.

P-I reporter Brad Wong can be reached at 206-448-8137 or bradwong@seattlepi.com.

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