Police looking for 'Big Top Bandits' in string of bank robberies

SEATTLE -- The King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle Police Department and FBI are looking for a group of men, known as the Big Top Bandits, they believe are responsible for at least five armed, take-over-style bank robberies.

According to the Sheriff's Office, which doesn't know exactly how many people are involved, the robbers first hit a KeyBank in Newcastle Jan. 16.

They then moved on to a Seattle KeyBank Feb. 28 and fired a shot inside a Seattle Washington Federal Bank May 22, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office believe the men are also responsible for a June 8 robbery at a Burien Sterling Savings Bank in which a teller was hit in the face and a July 1 robbery at a Newcastle Bank of America.

Though detectives believe all the cases are linked, the most recent robbery in Newcastle was the only time multiple robbers have entered a bank at once.

Handguns have been shown in all five robberies, and the Sheriff's Office believes robbers drove a blue 1983-1987 Mercury Marquis in one of the robberies.