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Serial bank robber arrested by YCSO deputy during 'routine' traffic stop

Criss-Cross Bandit suspects wanted in 9 bank robberies indicted by FBI

Seitaro Kline, 39, was arrested by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and indicted by the FBI for his alleged connection to a series of bank robberies in the Phoenix-metro area.

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Seitaro Kline, 39, was arrested by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and indicted by the FBI for his alleged connection to a series of bank robberies in the Phoenix-metro area.

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FBI officials say 39-year-old Seitaro Kline and 34-year-old Carrie Kline — nicknamed the Criss-Cross Bandits — were wanted in connection with nine bank heists in metro Phoenix between November 2016 and July 2018. (Bank surveillance photos/FBI)

A suspect connected to a string of bank robberies throughout the Phoenix-metro area in the last two years was arrested by a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy in late August, according to a YCSO news release.

On August 25, a YCSO deputy stopped Seitaro Kline, 39, for a license plate light violation on I-17 near Orme Road, YCSO reported. A records check showed Kline was wanted by the FBI on a felony warrant for bank robbery. During the traffic stop, Kline was also found in possession of heroin.

“Our deputies patrol this county 24/7 to protect the citizens we serve, and this is just another example of the tremendous work being done during all hours of the day and night to keep us safe,” said Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher. “This is also an indication there are no ‘routine’ traffic stops and I am pleased to know a YCSO deputy had a role in capturing Mr. Kline.”

The FBI was immediately notified of the arrest and Kline was eventually booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on the bank robbery warrant and an additional charge of possession of a narcotic drug.

A federal grand jury September 4 indicted Kline and his wife, Carrie - who was arrested on a previous date - in connection with the “Criss-Cross Bandits” bank robbery series that began in November, 2016, and continued through July, 2018, according to a FBI news release. The nickname came from the fact that the suspects would take turns robbing banks, according to the FBI. During each robbery, the suspects used a demand note and would successfully flee the scene with the money. Nine banks in the Phoenix area were robbed in this manner.

The Kline’s have only been accused of these crimes and have yet to be found guilty or not. Seitaro is currently being held in the Yavapai County jail without bond.

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