Bold daylight heist in Chelan ends in swift arrest of suspect


CHELAN - In a brazen mid-morning incident, 34-year-old Michael F. Koehnen carried out a bank robbery at WaFed in Chelan this morning around 10:00 am when Koehnen, armed with a handheld electronic device, entered the establishment and demanded money from the teller.


When prompted for account details, Koehnen stated, "This is a robbery." The teller, confronted with the threat, complied, surrendering an undisclosed sum of money as Koehnen swiftly left on foot.


Bank employees activated the alarm, prompting Chelan County Sheriff's Office deputies to respond and after talking to bank employees they identified Koehnen as the primary suspect.


Deputies located Koehnen at a residence on the 400 block of E. Woodin Ave, effecting a timely arrest. Subsequent investigative measures, including the execution of a search warrant, uncovered not only the stolen funds but also the attire worn by Koehnen during the commission of the crime.


Koehnen now faces charges of Robbery 2nd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree. He has been confined to the Chelan County Regional Justice Center pending legal proceedings


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