SPOKANE, Wash. -- Accused bank robber Scott Ruziecki, 41, confessed to one bank robbery in an exclusive interview with KREM 2 News on Wednesday.
"I robbed one bank, yes I did," Ruziecki told KREM 2 News. "The bank I robbed their claiming, well, the bank they say I robbed isn't the bank I robbed is what I'm getting at."
Ruziecki is a suspect in robberies at the Banner Bank branch in Safeway in HIllyard on August 9, the U.S. Bank branch on Argonne and Trent on August 13, and the Banner Bank branch in Safeway near Gonzaga University.
He also said he was heavily into meth in the month of August and that he gave the money he allegedly stole to an older friend whose house apparently burned down.
"I had made statements the night of the stand off," Ruziecki said. "I was high on meth. I don't remember anything I said or signed."
Ruziecki claims that his alleged accomplice and mentor, Charles West, was behind everything and taught him how to rob banks.
"What people perceive a bank robbery and how it goes down, it's not the case at all. It's completely different. And I know that first hand. I'll pay the price for knowing that and doing that," Ruziecki said.
Ruziecki said detectives are also confused about his new looks. Detectives said they recovered evidence at a local hotel they believed pointed to Ruziecki and West trying to alter their appearance. Ruziecki said the alleged robberies had nothing to do with it and he had been wanting to dye his hair black for a while.
"Yeah, I thought it turned out good," Ruziecki said. "The Quality Inn didn't like the job, it got on their furniture. They didn't like that. But whatever."
The bank that Ruziecki admitted to robbing was the same one at which he was caught on camera allegedly taking money from.
Ruziecki was caught by Spokane police in the area of Arthur and Newark on Spokane's lower South Hill Monday night. He was charged with First Degree Robbery and First Degree Theft. Officials said he surrendered peacefully after a short standoff.