HILLSBORO, Ore. – A bank robbery fugitive on the run for five years was arrested Monday after police spotted his stolen car using an automated license plate scanner.
Bradley Steven Robinett, 45, was convicted of bank robbery in 2004 and released in 2009. He was sent by bus to a halfway house in Seattle from Arizona and never reported in, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Later that year, officers chased him through Bainbridge Island in Washington state. He got away but officers found a stolen police bullet-proof vest and handgun in the stolen vehicle he used.
On Monday, Hillsboro police were patrolling a Fred Meyer parking at 22075 Northwest Imbrie Drive and identified a stolen license place using an Automated License Plate Reader System, according to Lt. Michael Rouches of the Hillsboro police.
The plate was off a stolen Kia Sorrento SUV from Portland and the vehicle was reported stolen from King County, Wash., Rouches said.
Officers waited for the driver to return, which he did. They identified him as Robinett, who at that point had warrants out for robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle and contempt of court, police said.
He was arrested without incident.