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Friday, May 15, 2009

 

Deputy Catch "Bad Hair Day Bandit's"

MCSO: Deputy's actions foiled 'Bad Hair Day Bandit's' plans

Reported by: Brent Roulier
abc15
Last Update: 5/12 8:06 pm
 
Surveillance video captured the suspect robbing this Chase Bank at 8200 E. Via Paseo Del Norte in Scottsdale on April 9, 2009.
A Maricopa County Sheriff's reserve deputy is being credited for foiling a Valley bank robber known as the "Bad Hair Day Bandit."
 
On Monday, Scottsdale police arrested three people, one of whom investigators believe is the serial bank robber.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix, 38-year-old Blair John Daehling and his wife, 32-year-old Brandy Heidrick-Daehling have been charged for their roles in several bank robberies committed throughout April and May.

Blair earned the name because surveillance images show him wearing different wigs during different robberies that have taken place in Scottsdale, Chandler and Phoenix.
 
At about 12:15 p.m. Monday, a man robbed the First Fidelity Bank located at 74th Street and Camelback Road in Scottsdale.
 
As the suspect entered the bank, off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff's reserve deputy Jim Jeselun noticed something strange.
 
"It was a gut feeling I had from being a sheriff's deputy for 10 years," Jeselun said.  "The guy was just out of place wearing a long sleeve shirt on a super hot day and a big afro wig. I just sensed he was going to rob that bank."

According to an MCSO press release, Jeselun, who retired from the sheriff's office in 2007 and became a reserve deputy in 2008, was working nearby when he noticed the suspect in a black Jetta outside the bank.
 
The press release stated, "Jeselun immediately went to the vehicle, copied down the plate number and waited nearby for the man to exit.  When the suspected robber came out, Jeselun said the robber took off at a high rate of speed."
 
Jeselun called police after people at the bank confirmed that it had been robbed.  He secured the bank building and later provided the information to police needed to apprehend the suspect, according to the press release.
 
"Actually, it was kind of fun," said Jeselun.
 
Scottsdale police officers found the suspect vehicle on the southbound Loop 101 at Indian School Road and followed the car until it arrived at Dobson Road and Mesa Riverview Drive in Mesa.
 
As officers prepared to make a traffic stop, the suspected robber ran from the vehicle but was captured a short distance away.  Another man was arrested along with the Daehlings, according to Scottsdale Police.
 
Detectives located a wig in the car and believe the suspect robbed a Scottsdale Desert Schools Federal Credit Union on Wednesday May 6. 
 
A recent press release stated that the "Bad Hair Day Bandit" also committed the following robberies:
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – First Fidelity – 7401 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
  • Thursday, April 9, 2009 – Chase Bank – 8200 E. Via Paseo Del Norte, Scottsdale
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009 – Chase Bank – 3970 W. Ray Road, Chandler
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2009 – Wells Fargo – 10651 N. 51st Street, Phoenix
  • Thursday, April 23, 2009 – Bank of America – 6501 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

The press release also stated, "The Bad Hair Day Bandit has threatened a weapon in three instances and in every occurrence he brandished a blue bank bag, which he used for the money."
 

Link To Photo  Of Bad Hair Bandit and Slide Show:

http://www.abc15.com/content/news/northeastvalley/scottsdale/story/MCSO-Deputys-actions-foiled-Bad-Hair-Day-Bandits/lrnR-GCxekS0J79MSc37EQ.cspx


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