Twin brothers arrested in connection with string of bank robberies

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Tanya Mendis

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 11:55 AM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have arrested twin brothers in connection with a string of bank robberies.

At first, police thought they were just looking for one suspect. Detectives had dubbed that suspect the "high jump bandit," because he would jump on the bank counter and threaten employees.

Turns out, twins Neal and Alan Bain may be been involved in these heists.

The robberies began back in May, with as many as five banks hit.

But police finally caught up with their man, or men, as it turned out. However, the Bain brothers only face charges in connection with the latest robbery.

"We are working with the other banks and employees and customers, trying to identify who may have been involved in which role in some of these others," says Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.

On July 31, around noon, Phoenix Police officers responded to a bank robbery at the Washington Federal Credit Union, located at 4302 East Ray Road. The suspect entered the bank and made demands, but no weapon was seen.

The suspect fled from the bank on foot with an unknown amount of cash. The fleeing man was last seen northbound on foot, and responding officers were able to obtain a possible suspect vehicle description.

A vehicle matching the description was located a short time later and followed by unmarked units.
 
The vehicle was stopped at 24th Street and Washington a short time later and two suspects, Alan and Neal Bain, were taken into custody. Evidence of the crime was recovered in the vehicle.

Both Bains have convictions for robbing banks in the 1980s and 1990s. According to investigators, it's not clear what roles the brothers might have played in the robberies at this point.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies.

 

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