Bank robbery suspect’s hearing delayed

Michael Roger Yates will have to wait another week for his omnibus hearing, and Mason County will also have to wait to see whether Yates plans to change his plea in the alleged Aug. 23 robbery of Belfair’s Peninsula Credit Union.

Several cases, along with Yates’, were left in the lurch Thursday when a public defender called in sick less than an hour before court was scheduled to convene.

Because Mason County Superior Court only hears cases on Thursday, Yates will have to wait until next week to appear.

Yates, a Manchester resident, is accused of holding up the Peninsula Credit Union in Belfair and escaping with approximately $18,000 in cash.

Police sent out an all-points bulletin with the robber’s description, but it wasn’t until Yates appeared driving a custom-built purple classic car — which he allegedly paid cash for — that neighbors started to suspect Yates might be the robber police were looking for.

Yates was arrested Aug. 28 showing off his car at the weekly classic car rally at Buck’s A&W restaurant on Mile Hill Drive on Port Orchard.

Yates remains in custody with bail set at $100,000.

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