Arrest made following Bremerton bank heist

Kelly Ace Burns was taken into custody Tuesday night in California.

Police in Arcata, California arrested a 48-year-old Tuesday in connection to a recent bank robbery in Bremerton.

Kelly Ace Burns faces charges in Kitsap County and California after alleged bank heists on January 9 in Bremerton and January 17 in Redding. Burns is also suspected in an October 2 robbery at a U.S. Bank in Covington, Wa.

According to a certificate of probable cause filed in Kitsap County, police say Burns passed a note to a teller at Bremerton’s U.S Bank on the morning of January 9 stating he had a gun. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken that was less than $2,500, according to BPD Detective Keith Sargent.

Local police received a tip two days later by someone who recognized Burns from a surveillance photo published online, a court filing states. Data collected from a mobile device was also used in the investigation, which was aided by federal authorities.

On Tuesday, Burns was charged in Kitsap County with one count of first degree robbery with priors, a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Superior Court Judge Jennifer A. Forbes signed a nationwide warrant for his arrest.

Arcata police arrested Burns around 11:13 p.m., according to Humboldt County jail records.

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