Centralia Police: One Suspect Arrested in December ATM Explosion


One of two suspects allegedly responsible for blowing up an ATM at the First Security Bank in Centralia last month has been arrested, the Centralia Police Department announced on Tuesday. 

The suspect, identified as Ryan T. Moulder, 39, of Olympia, was arrested on a warrant out of Lewis County Superior Court at his rural Olympia residence at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 4. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) and the Thurston County Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNT) assisted Centralia Police Department detectives with the arrest. 

Centralia police, in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad, are still investigating the explosion at the First Security Bank in Centralia located at 604 S. Tower Ave. 

The explosion occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Dec. 19 and was caused by an unknown improvised explosive device that two unidentified suspects used to gain entry into the ATM. 

After the explosion, the suspects took the contents of the ATM and fled the area in their vehicle, according to police. Some of the money recovered at the scene had burned edges. 

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the second suspect is encouraged to call the Centralia Police Department at 360-330-7680 or Lewis County Communications at 360-740-1105.