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2/24/2014 7:46:00 AM
Chino Valley bank robbery suspect now eyed in January Golden Valley heist
Kevin Lee Campbell
Kevin Lee Campbell
Cindy Barks
The Daily Courier

A man arrested Saturday for allegedly robbing a bank in Chino Valley Friday evening is suspected of being involved in a late-January robbery in Golden Valley, as well as two February robberies in the Verde Valley.

Chino Valley Lt. Vincent Schaan reported Sunday that area law enforcement officers suspect Kevin Lee Campbell in the robbery of the National Bank of Arizona in the Kingman-area community of Golden Valley. Earlier, Campbell had also been tied to a Feb. 4 robbery in Camp Verde, and a Feb. 11 robbery in Cottonwood.

"In the Golden Valley area, we think he was involved in another robbery," Schaan said. "His methods are pretty consistent."

During officers' investigation into the Chino Valley robbery on Saturday, Schaan said they saw an account of the Golden Valley incident on the Kingman Daily Miner's website. The Jan. 28 article states that a man entered the bank at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, when just two employees were present. Although he did not show a weapon, the man was wearing a black ski mask, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Chino Valley robbery at the National Bank of Arizona along Highway 89 also occurred late in the afternoon on a Friday - Feb. 21 - and bank employees there also reported that they did not see a weapon, although they felt threatened by the robber, who left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Although Schaan would not disclose the amount of money taken from the Chino Valley bank, he did say that officers found a portion of the money after Campbell's arrest on Saturday.

"We have recovered most of the money, not all," Schaan said. "(Campbell) admitted to spending some of it."

Campbell, 53, was booked into the Yavapai County Jail Saturday afternoon on charges of robbery, unlawful flight, and endangerment.

After Chino Valley National Bank of Arizona employees were able to get the license plate number as the robber fled Friday, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer spotted the vehicle going south on Highway 89 between Chino Valley and Prescott, and a high-speed chase began.

The DPS officer ultimately ended the chase near Willow Creek and Willow Lake roads in Prescott Friday evening to avert a dangerous situation - setting off a search for the vehicle, a tan/gold 2002 Chevy Trailblazer, which was registered to Campbell's ex-girlfriend.

Schaan said the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department then began a search for the vehicle in the area near Campbell's Cordes Lakes home.

"The sheriff's office was canvassing the area, and his car was found by the bus barn in Mayer (at about 4 a.m. Saturday)," Schaan said.

As the search continued, Schaan said officers found Campbell in an unused travel trailer. "He was found in Cordes Lakes on somebody else's property," Schaan said, noting that the property owners were unaware that Campbell was hiding in the trailer.

In the search for Campbell, officers acquired three search warrants - one for the property on which Campbell was found, another on property he had entered, and Campbell's home.

Arizona Department of Corrections records show Campbell was released from prison in January 2012 after serving time for robbery, theft, aggravated assault and forgery in Mohave County.

A news release from the Chino Valley Police Department reported that the Mohave County Sheriff's Department would be furthering its investigation "based on information and evidence gathered by the Yavapai County agencies."

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks.

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