Bank Robber’s Loot Found in National Forest

Man spent five years on the run

May 26, 2015
Outside Magazine
Bank Robber’s Loot Found in National Forest

Bradley Steven Robinett buried dozens of firearms and other stolen goods in a heavily wooded area of Olympic National Forest.    Wikimedia Commons

Law enforcement officers uncovered seven storage containers of stolen goods in Olympic National Forest on May 22, after convicted bank robber Bradley Steven Robinett revealed its location as part of a plea deal. 

The recovered items include dozens of firearms and stolen goods, according to a joint press release from the Seattle divisions of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Robinett had buried them two feet beneath a clearly visible tarp in a heavily forested area.

According to the press release, Robinett spent five years on the lam after failing to report to a halfway house following his release from federal prison in September 2009. He stole equipment from the Seattle Police Department and evaded police in a stolen vehicle at least three times before his June 2014 arrest. Robinett pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Following Robinett’s arrest, investigators also discovered his underground bunker near Sammamish, Washington, and previously unearthed two other caches in Oregon. The FBI has asked the public to look out for similar caches.

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