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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 2:35 pm

Twin brothers were arrested this past week in connection with the “high jump bandit” bank robbery cases in Ahwatukee Foothills, police officials said.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, officers arrested twins Neal and Alan Bain, both 51, on suspicion of robbing the Washington Federal Bank at 4302 E. Ray Road.

On July 31, officers responded to a report of a robbery at the bank around noon, said Sgt. Trent Crump in a statement. A suspect made demands but no weapon was seen. He fled on foot with an unknown amount of cash.

Officers got a possible vehicle description for the robber, and an officer in an unmarked car spotted a vehicle matching the description and began following it.

“The vehicle was stopped at 24th Street and Washington (Street) a short time later and two suspects were taken into custody,” Crump said. “Evidence of the crime was recovered in the vehicle.”

Crump said the police department has not released further information because officers are still investigating the incident.

Police have been looking for a man connected to a string of bank robberies in and around Ahwatukee Foothills. From May 21 to July 15, five banks were robbed. The robber was dubbed the “high jump bandit” because in each of the robberies, a man between the ages of 35-40 enters the bank and threatens employees and customers. The robber then jumps on the counter and demands money.

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