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The Island County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether a 911 call falsely reporting a murder may have been placed to keep deputies busy during a bank robbery.

Just after 5 p.m. yesterday, a man called the Island County dispatch center claiming he had killed someone and gave an address in Greenbank, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies went to the location, but the call turned out to be false.

At about the same time, a man in a white cloth mask robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch about 15 miles away in Clinton. A red midsize SUV, possibly a Saturn Vue, was seen leaving the parking lot right after the robbery.