Brothers arrested after bomb threat, bank robbery

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Two brothers are now in custody facing charges in two bank robberies in Peoria.

According to the Peoria Police Department, a male suspect, now identified as David Perkins, 52, walked into the Compass Bank at 107th and Olive avenues at about 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 30.

Police said the man told the teller he had a bomb and demanded money. The teller complied. It’s not known how much money Perkins left the bank with.

Officers caught up with Perkins about a mile from the bank. He, along with Craig Perkins, 49, the driver of the get away vehicle, were taken into custody without incident.

In light of the suspect’s bomb threat at the bank, an explosive ordnance disposal unit was called in to go over the suspect’s white pickup truck.

Because they weren’t sure what they were dealing with, officers shut down Olive Avenue in both directions between 95th and 99th avenues while the bomb squad conducted its search operation.

No bomb was found during the sweep and Olive Avenue was reopened to traffic after about three hours.

Initially, police believed the suspects might be serial bank robbers due to the technique being similar to another bank robbery that occurred in May at another Compass Bank near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

They have since been identified as suspects in that bank robbery, too.

They face charges related to both bank robberies and additional charges for the bomb scare.

No injuries were reported in the course of the bank robbery.