Criss-Cross bandits arrested after 2-year string of Valley robberies

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Authorities arrested two people believed to be the "Criss-Cross Bandits," suspects who robbed several Valley banks from 2016 to July 2018. (Submitted photos)

A married couple is accused of participating in a series of bank robberies conducted by suspects dubbed the “Criss-Cross Bandits.”

According to the FBI, the Kline couple of Seitaro, 39, and Carrie, 34, were indicted by a federal grand jury Sept. 4 in connection with the robberies.

Seitaro Kline (MCSO mug from February 2018)

Authorities said the incidents occurred throughout the Valley from Nov. 5, 2016 through July 24 of this year. The first occurred in Tempe.

According to a complaint filed in federal court, two occurred near 67th Avenue and the Loop 101, and another happened Sept. 30, 2017 near 107th and Olive avenues.

The Klines were indicted for nine bank robberies and one count of conspiracy.

Additional charges may follow.

During each robbery, the suspects provided a demand note, obtained money, and fled. The Criss-Cross name originated due to the suspects alternating which of them would commit the bank robbery.

Carrie Kline (Driver’s license photo in court documents)

A break in the case occurred July 29 when Gilbert police notified the FBI of facial recognition of the couple and a tattoo of Seitaro, records show.

Authorities later searched their vehicle and found similar items used during some of the robberies.

Mr. Kline had already been arrested on July 13 by Phoenix police on an unrelated charge, according to records.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office assisted in their arrests.

Also, the Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale and Tempe police departments assisted in the investigation.

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