“Criss-Cross Bandits” Nabbed In Yavapai County Traffic Stop

A federal grand jury indicted Seitaro Kline, 39, and Carrie Kline, 34, on September 4, in connection with the “Criss-Cross Bandits” bank robbery series. The Kline’s were wanted for a string of bank robberies which took place throughout the Phoenix-Metro area between November 5, 2016, and July 24, 2018.

The nickname came from the fact that the suspects alternated which one of them committed the bank robbery. During each robbery, the suspects utilized a robbery demand note, obtained a known amount of money, and fled the scene.

On August 25, 2018, at approximately 2:15 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Seitaro Kline for a license plate light violation on I17 /Orme Road. A records checked indicated a felony FBI warrant for bank robbery. During the traffic stop investigation, Seitaro was found in possession of heroin. The FBI was immediately notified and Seitaro was eventually booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on the Bank Robbery warrant and Possession of a Narcotic Drug. He is being held without bond.

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher stated, “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. 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 Kline’s, who are married, were indicted for nine bank robberies plus one count of conspiracy, additional charges may follow. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.