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3:39 AM Wed, Nov. 21st

Police solve string of bank robberies

Susunkewa

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PRESCOTT VALLEY - Prescott Valley Police Department, in cooperation with other agencies, arrested a transient in the Nov. 27 robbery of the Arizona State Credit Union in Prescott Valley Saturday.

Anthony James Kyyitan, 28, formerly of the Gila River Indian Community, confessed to five bank robberies in Prescott Valley, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Arizona City and Coolidge. The Yavapai County Attorney's Office is filing charges of one count of robbery in Prescott Valley, one count of theft in Prescott Valley, one count of attempted robbery in Cottonwood and one count of attempted robbery in Camp Verde.

Police also booked Louis Wayne Susunkewa, 28, Hopi Reservation, Second Mesa into Coconino County Jail on a felony warrant/probation violation, but it is unclear if Susunkewa had any connection with the robberies.

PVPD received an Attempt to Locate notice from the Cottonwood Police Department about an attempted robbery at Wells Fargo Bank inside the Bashas' in Camp Verde on Nov. 29. Wells Fargo Bank in Camp Verde also reported the attempted robbery.

A detective with the Camp Verde Marshall's Office spoke with the housekeeping staff at the Cliff Castle Casino Lodge in reference to a handgun on Nov. 29. Housekeeping found the gun in the trash and evidence from the Prescott Valley Arizona State Credit Union robbery while cleaning a room.

PVPD detectives with help from the FBI, CVMO and the Cottonwood, Flagstaff and the Yavapai-Apache Tribal police departments found the suspects in a Flagstaff area hotel.

Detectives released two women, Noreen Onsae, 32, currently residing in Camp Verde, formerly of Hopi Reservation, Second Mesa, and Keri Ann Susunkewa, 28, of Hopi Reservation, Second Mesa.

PVPD Cmdr. Laura Molinaro said detectives have yet to determine if Kyyitan took part in the robbery at Chase Bank around the same time.

"We're not sure if he was involved, but we are making info available to other departments, including DNA evidence we've gathered, so agencies can compare with DNA evidence from other bank robberies," she said. "We've worked with other agencies to catch him, and we'll continue to work with them to find the extent of his actions."