Two Arrests Made in Elma Bank Robbery Investigation

ELMA, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department reports they have made two arrests in reference to the Anchor Bank Robbery in Elma on November 20th. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us investigators contacted authorities at the Mason County Jail and presented the photograph of the suspect from the bank surveillance footage. A correctional officer was able to identify the suspect as Jerry Thomas Upson of Shelton. Upson is 32 years of age and has prior Robbery convictions in Thurston and Mason Counties.

Investigators were assisted by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department in contacting friends and family of Upson. They learned that Upson did own a white colored Dodge Stratus which was the same vehicle seen in the surveillance video of the suspects. This vehicle has since been located and impounded, Upson was located and arrested later yesterday.

Investigators also learned that Upson usually associated with another Shelton man. This individual was located in Shelton and arrested on an unrelated warrant. Investigators eventually learned that this 26 year old Shelton man was with Upson when the Robbery occurred. This individual was subsequently transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail and booked for first degree robbery.

Grays Harbor County Detectives located Jerry Upson Thursday morning at approximately 11:30 am near his parent’s residence in Shelton and took him into custody. Upson was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for 1st degree Robbery.