The woman who prosecutors say robbed Sound Community Bank in Mountlake Terrace in May of this year has been charged with first degree robbery for the heist. Terri Sphung is also a subject in a Lynnwood bank robbery on the very same day. Back in 2006, Sphung was convicted of robbing the same Sound Community Bank and served 3 years in prison.
The Herald has more:
Terri Sphung told bank tellers the box wrapped in Christmas paper was a bomb.
She threatened to blow up the bank if she didn’t get money.
Sphung made off with about $10,000 during the 2006 heist. She also was sentenced to three years in prison for the hold-up.
Now, four years later, prosecutors say Sphung has robbed the same bank. She didn’t have a box, but she threatened to blow up the bank if the tellers didn’t fork over money.
Detectives say Sphung also was wearing nearly the same get-up she had on in 2006: a hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, big sunglasses and dark gloves.
Sphung, 46, was charged Wednesday with first-degree robbery for the May 28 heist. She also is a suspect in Lynnwood bank robbery that same day.
Sphung’s past came back to haunt her after detectives noted that the May robbery was similar to one in 2006. They showed witnesses a picture of Sphung. The witnesses identified Sphung as the person who threatened to blow up the bank, court papers said.
They noted that she was wearing a dark-colored sweatsuit and carrying a purse. They also noted that she had acne on her chin.
A couple of days after the robbery, Sphung turned herself into police, admitting that she had a warrant for her arrest for drunken driving.