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Washington Ranks Poorly in Bank Robberies

SEATTLE- A new F.B.I. report ranks Washington the seventh worst state in the nation for the number of bank robberies last year.  That's up from ninth in 2005.

Benton County ranks ninth worst in the state, with four bank robberies over the past year, all four were in Kennewick.

One of those was the same guy, twice in a day, but even more surprising, none in Franklin County.

In those four Benton County robberies, nearly $20,000 was taken from area banks, an average of about $5,000 each.

The state's increase is being attributed to former robbers being released, but local police are happy to have their criminals behind bars.

"We're proud to announce that we have arrested three, again one of them was two robberies, but we've arrested everybody that robbed a bank in the city of Kennewick," said Kennewick Police Sgt. Scott Child.

Luckily, no one was hurt in any of the robberies.

Interestingly, Seattle ranks fourth among cities nationally.

272 incidents were reported there in 2006 costing the banking industry nearly $1 million.