- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Police in Olympia, Washington, say they’ve made an arrest in a recent spree of more than a dozen armed robberies that targeted banks and restaurants in the south Puget Sound area.

The Olympian reports (http://is.gd/OnsSf5 ) that 35-year-old Eric Collier of Shelton was arrested Tuesday night. He was booked into jail for investigation of seven counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of attempted robbery. At a court appearance Wednesday, a judge set bail at $1 million. It wasn’t known late Wednesday whether Collier had a lawyer.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Thompson says the nine counts deal with crimes committed in Thurston County. Other counts may be filed in other counties.

The spree began in mid-September when an Olympia Taco Bell and a Bank of America were robbed on the same day. Fourteen similar robberies have been reported in communities including Olympia, Lacey, Puyallup, Tacoma, Spanaway and Kent. Police estimate the total take at about $60,000.

Detectives from multiple police agencies have been working together on the cases.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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