In 2006 and 2007 the McMinnville Police Department investigated 2 bank robberies that remained unsolved until recently. Police said Wednesday that Ronald Scott Catt has been named as a suspect in those robberies.
In August 2006 a masked man entered the north McMinnville branch of First Federal Savings and Loan, located at 350 NE Baker Creek Road McMinnville, and robbed them of an unspecified amount of money. The suspect was wearing a facemask that resembled a surgeon’s or painter’s mask. The suspect demanded money from any of the tellers on duty before walking up to one of the windows and holding a bag open. After he obtained the money, the suspect left the bank on foot and was last seen running westbound through a vacant lot. According to the employees he did not display a weapon. The suspect was described as white, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 foot tall, short hair, wearing a striped nylon-type Nike running suit and a hat.
In July 2007, an armed man wearing a mask and sunglasses to obscure his identity robbed the McMinnville branch of Washington Mutual (now known as Chase Bank), located at 1675 North Highway 99W, of between $2,000 and $3,000. The suspect verbally demanded the money from a teller, and then produced what appeared to be a gun. The suspect stuffed money into a white garbage bag with yellow draw strings and ran out the front entrance on foot. He was last seen running behind the old DMV office, located in the adjacent Highway 99W shopping complex. The suspect was described as a 6-foot-3, 220-pound white male with facial hair partially obscured behind a surgeon’s or painter’s mask. He was captured on bank video wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and sunglasses.
When Ronald Scott Catt was recently taken into custody in Katy, TX for robbing a local bank he confessed to these two unsolved robberies in McMinnville.
The detectives assigned to the case in Katy, TX were able to compile the information that Catt provided to them and sent it to the McMinnville Police Department. Detectives with the McMinnville Police Department were able to cross reference the listed robberies and corroborate Catt’s accounts.
After going over the investigative material it was determined that Catt would not be able to be successfully prosecuted for either robbery due to the statute of limitations expiring in both cases. The statute of limitations on the state level for armed robbery is 3 years and 5 years federally.
The Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI Salem, OR office were both consulted in reference to the 2006 and 2007 McMinnville cases. The managers of both affected banks, First Federal Savings and Chase Bank have been contacted and advised of the outcome of the investigation. Both McMinnville Police investigations have been sent to the Katy, TX authorities to assist them with their prosecution of Catt.