'Waddling Bandit' finally captured in Washington state

An alleged bank robber known as the "Waddling Bandit" was arrested Friday after he held up nearly two dozen West Coast banks including one in Medford over the past two years.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents nabbed 71-year-old Robert Christie in Clark County, Wash.

Christie, who lives in Tillamook, reportedly robbed the U.S. Bank branch inside the Albertson's on North Phoenix Road on Aug. 2.

The nickname the "Waddling Bandit" stems from Christie's limping gate. He never displayed a gun during any of his robberies, but he wore a hat and sometimes carried a bag.

Christie is believed to have robbed banks in Eugene, Beaverton, West Linn, Corvallis, Salem, Springfield, Cottage Grove, Roseburg, Hood River and Grants Pass. He also is a suspect in bank heists in Washington.

Christie was lodged in the Clark County Jail. He will likely make his initial appearance before a federal judge on Monday.

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