LONGVIEW, Wash. – A homeless man accused of robbing Lower Columbia Longshoremen’s CU on March 7 was charged with first-degree robbery this week.

Tracy Thiel, 47, a longtime homeless man, said he cannot remember much of the incident.

Thiel was accused of entering the credit union and saying to a teller, “I need all your money. I have a bomb in my backpack. Give me all of your money.”

Police said he took more than $1,500 total from two tellers and slipped away. They identified him through surveillance video and witnesses. He was caught in May when he checked into a Vancouver hotel.


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