Incognito Bandits arrested after robbing sixth Valley bank

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 08:06:33-04

Authorities say the pair suspected in a string of bank robberies in the Valley were caught shortly after their latest heist.

A release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Phoenix office said 47-year-old Michael Schultz, Sr. and 48-year-old Michelle Keller were arrested Thursday by Phoenix police after robbing a bank in the late afternoon.

A few days before the latest robbery, law enforcement placed a GPS tracker on a vehicle matching the description of one used in previous incidents. The car was placed under surveillance and led investigators to Schultz, and later to Keller when the pair met up before the June 9 robbery, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. 

The robbery was the sixth in a series of robberies with similar characteristics that started March 4. The six robberies attributed to the Incognito Bandits are:

  • March 4: Parkway Bank, 4731 E. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix
  • April 8: UMB Bank, 16210 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
  • April 19: Parkway Bank, 4731 E. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix
  • May 10: Johnson Bank, 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale
  • June 2: Chase Bank, 4757 E. Greenway Rd., Phoenix
  • June 9: Parkway Bank, 11011 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

Keller and Schultz have only been formally accused of the most recent robbery, where the complaint says they stole more than $77,000.