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Terry Lee Bowman

Terry Lee Bowman, the suspect in a Thursday incident at Oregon State Credit Union branch in Albany, was arraigned Friday in Linn County Circuit Court on one count of first-degree theft.

The charge came less than 24 hours after Bowman was arrested after entering the Albany Oregon State Credit Union branch at 1394 Clay St. SE, and demanding that money be placed into a black bag, according to Albany Police Lt. Alan Lynn.

Bowman was arrested for theft and bank robbery, a federal crime, but was only charged with theft, said Linn County prosecutor Julia Baker, due to time constraints in filing charges.

"We have to make a charging decision by 11 a.m.," Baker said. "At the time, the evidence we had showed that he went into the bank and came out with money, so there definitely was a theft."

Bowman made off with a little more than $2,000, Baker said. She added that Bowman always could be charged with new crimes if new evidence emerges.

Because of Bowman's criminal record, Baker advised the court she would be seeking an enhanced sentence for the crime. Bowman has prior convictions for robbery in Alaska in 1997, and on Monday was sentenced in Linn County Court for burglary and possession of body armor.

The court set Bowman's bail at $50,000. His next court appearance will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

Contact reporter Neil Zawicki at 541-812-6099 or neil.zawicki@lee.net

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