Today: Jan 24 , 2020

Traffic Stop Ends Up in Arrest of Bank Robbery Suspect

'Routine' traffic stop by YCSO Deputy results in arrest of Bank Robbery Suspect

(See attached FBI press release for additional details).

On August 25, 2018, at approximately 2:15 AM, a YCSO 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. 

Sheriff Mascher –  “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.”


Phoenix Field Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation , 21711 N. 7th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85024
For Immediate Release Contacts: SA Glenn Milnor
DATE: September 12, 2018 PAS Jill McCabe

PHOENIX, AZ-On September 4, 2018 a federal grand jury indicted Seitaro Kline, 39, and Carrie Kline, 34, 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.

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.

The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force would like to thank the public for their help with this case along with the FBI Albuquerque Field Office and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with the arrests in this case. We would also like to thank the Phoenix Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Peoria Police Department, and Glendale Police Department for their work on these investigations.

The two suspects have been charged in an indictment, filed in federal court. An indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for Arizona at or on PACER

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Scottsdale Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

Dwight DEvelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator