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Phoenix police detain suspects in the "high jump" bandit case

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    The FBI is on the hunt for a suspected serial bank robber in the valley.Dubbed the "high jump bandit," agents say the thief is believed to be behind a string of five bank robberies.
    The FBI is on the hunt for a suspected serial bank robber in the valley.Dubbed the "high jump bandit," agents say the thief is believed to be behind a string of five bank robberies.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Police have been trying to catch a serial bank robber known as the "high jump bandit" for months after several robberies around the valley.

All along they were looking for one suspect, but it turns out the robberies may have been committed by twins.

The FBI and police have been putting out surveillance photos to the public in hopes of catching the robber. That led to a tip that led them to not one, but two suspects, who happen to be twin brothers.

Phoenix Police confirm they arrested twin 51-year-old brothers Alan and Neal Bain last week. The two are suspects in five bank robberies between May and July.

The nickname "high jump bandit" came about because the robber, or robbers would often jump up on the bank counter and threaten the tellers.

The brothers were arrested after tips came in from people who recognized Alain Bain in the surveillance photos.

Both brothers were arrested after a traffic stop in Phoenix last Wednesday, shortly after the fifth bank robbery at a Washington Federal Bank in Ahwatukee.

Both Bain's have convictions for robbing banks in the 1980's and 1990's. According to investigators, it's not clear the roles the brothers played in the robberies at this point.

Police say crimes involving twins are complicated for detectives, and they have to figure out which brother did what robbery.
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