December 10th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

More Hipster Bank Robbers? Another Dynamic Duo in Portland

The police blotter last month featured a couple from Lents who canned their own beets and blogged as "urban survivalists." They were arrested Nov. 10 on suspicion of holding up two banks in the Woodstock and Cully neighborhoods

This month, it's Brittney Caudle (aka Brittney Sykes) and Emma Westhusing, who were arrested Dec. 6 in Southeast Portland for allegedly robbing Rivermark Community Credit Union in Clackamas that same day.

According to an affidavit (PDF) filed Dec. 7 in U.S. District Court in Portland, Caudle was having money troubles. So her friend Westhusing, who is 19, agreed to help her rob a bank, the affidavit says.

(The affidavit refers to Caudle as Brittney Sykes, but officers booked her into jail under the name Brittney Caudle. She uses the same name on her Facebook profiile.)

Caudle, who is 23, allegedly walked into the credit union shortly before 5 pm and handed a note to a teller demanding cash. While the teller was handing over the money, Caudle allegedly asked her "Are you ready for Christmas?" and "Do you have any plans?"

Westhusing was waiting outside the bank in a getaway car, according to the affidavit. But the teller included a tracking device in the $1,370 cash Caudle stuffed into the pocket of her hoodie, the affidavit says.

When the two women arrived at Caudle's home on Southeast Woodward Street, they found the tracking device. Believing it was a dye bomb, Westhusing threw the device against a wall and stomped on it, the affidavit says.

Caudle performed an Internet search to discover what the device might be, according to the affidavit. Afterward she panicked and hid the device under the floor mat of her purple Hyundai Accent parked in front of the house, the affidavit says. Police arrived shortly thereafter.

Caudle was indicted Dec. 8 in U.S District Court on one count of bank robbery, and Westhusing was indicted the same day on one count of assisting a bank robbery.

(Hat tip to The Smoking Gun)
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