Fri, Jan. 24

Drug arrests reveal bank robbery plot

Jerome police may have foiled a bank robbery attempt last Friday after arresting a pair of suspects on drug charges.

Jerome police received information last Thursday from the Camp Verde Marshall's Office that Joshua Griego, 20, may have been living in Clarkdale and that there were outstanding warrants for him.

Acting on the information, Jerome police made a traffic stop of a vehicle matching the description of one connected to Greigo. Catherine McCabe, 18, of Jerome, was driving the vehicle.

After the vehicle was stopped, officers were able to positively identify Griego and he was arrested on the outstanding warrants. McCabe was arrested for hindering prosecution.

According to the Jerome Police Department, a search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of an unspecified quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a loaded .380 handgun. Griego and McCabe were subsequently charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Both suspects were booked in the Yavapai County Jail.

The Prescott Area Narcotics Task Force was contacted and a search warrant was obtained for the residence where Griego and McCabe had been living. A search of the residence, in the 400 block of Clark Street in Jerome, allegedly revealed additional drug-related evidence as well as a plan to commit an armed robbery of the Cottonwood branch of Wells Fargo Bank. According to the report, officers seized a large quantity of ammunition, weapons and other evidence supporting a conspiracy theory involving the pair of suspects.

Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

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