Serial Bank Robbers Caught by Scottsdale Police
Vigilant Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Credited with Call to Police
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 12, 2009|
PHOENIX—A Phoenix area bank robber, known by authorities as the “Bad Hair Day Bandit,” and his co-defendant, his wife, are in federal custody due to the vigilance of a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy and the quick action of the Scottsdale Police Department. Blair John Daehling, 38, and his wife, Brandy Heidrick-Daehling, 32, were arrested on Monday, May 11, 2009, after robbing a bank on east Camelback Road in Scottsdale, Ariz.
According to the criminal complaint filed today in federal court, the pair have also been charged for their roles in other bank robberies committed throughout April and May 2009, in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Chandler, Ariz. Daehling is charged with seven counts of Bank Robbery and Heidrick-Daehling is charged with three counts of Bank Robbery. Both defendants made their initial appearance this afternoon in federal court and are being detained pending a hearing set for Friday, May 15, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.
According to the Scottsdale Police Department, a Reserve Deputy from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office called in a suspicious person report and copied down Daehling’s license plate number as the defendant fled the bank yesterday afternoon. Scottsdale Police Officers and Special Agents from the FBI responded and arrested the Daehling couple. A third occupant in the vehicle has not yet been charged.
A conviction for each count of Bank Robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine or both. A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The FBI recently announced the stand-up of a Bank Robbery Task Force, partnering with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Mesa Police Department, the Phoenix Police Department, the Scottsdale Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to collectively investigate, arrest, and seek prosecution of those responsible for robbing banks in the Valley. Tips received after news broadcasts of last week’s announcement helped lead investigators to Daehling as a suspect in several bank robberies.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force and the Scottsdale Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Roger Dokken, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: 09-6171M
RELEASE NUMBER: 2009-156(Daehling et al)