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Thumbprint matches that of alleged bank robber, prosecutors say

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MARYSVILLE -- Prosecutors allege that a suspected bank robber left behind his thumbprint on a note he passed a teller at a US Bank inside a Marysville grocery store.
The print helped detectives identify the man accused of holding up the bank Aug. 9. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Stephen Haff with first-degree robbery. He is being held on $250,000 bail. Haff is a suspect in two other bank robberies.
Haff reportedly handed over a lengthy note demanding $100,000 in $100 bills. The teller gave him cash but kept the demand note.
Scientists at the state crime lab discovered a thumbprint on the back of the note. The print matched that of the defendant, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Valerie Bouffiou wrote in court papers. A booking photograph from Florida also matched a picture of the suspect captured on the bank's surveillance cameras.
Detectives learned Haff had used his food-stamp card at a Lake Stevens grocery store on the day of the robbery. That same day he also used a grocery club card listed under a different name. Police contacted that person who said Haff was living with a family in Lake Stevens and going by Kayser Black.
Police arrested Haff on Aug. 19. The man told officers he didn't recognize their authority to arrest him.
Story tags » MarysvilleRobbery

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