FBI looking for two armed PHX bank robbers

Posted at 3:54 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 01:41:26-04

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert for two people accused of three bank robberies earlier this year.

Agents say the pair, who are believed to be a man and a woman, robbed Parkway Bank, 4731 East Union Hills Drive, on March 4. Investigators say one suspect entered the building around 5:41 p.m. and pointed a black handgun at employees when he and demanded money.

Law enforcement said the man entered a Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by another suspect.

That suspect is believed to have entered UMB Bank, 16210 N. Scottsdale Road, on April 8. About 30 minutes after she left, the FBI says the same vehicle, a dark-colored Pontiac Bonneville from the late 1990s, returned. The first suspect got out of the car, entered the bank with a handgun and demanded money.

The pattern of the second suspect, believed to be a woman, entering the bank before the first suspect repeated itself about two weeks later. The FBI says the woman entered the same Parkway Bank on April 19 before leaving in the Pontiac. A little more than an hour later, the vehicle returned and the first suspect got out with the handgun and robbed the bank.

The pair, named the "Incognito Bandits," should be considered armed and dangerous.

The duo joins the list of the Valley's most wanted bank robbers.

The FBI reports 12 unsolved cases since the first of the year, four in just the last month. Overall FBI crime maps report 71 open cases in the greater phoenix area since 2013.

The Feds report nationally three out of four bank robbers are eventually caught. 

Anyone with information about their location is asked to call the FBI's Phoenix Field Office at 623-466-1999.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information, as is Parkway Bank, for information leading to arrests and convictions in this case.