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It's back to prison for bank robber

Kevin Lee Campbell

Kevin Lee Campbell

PRESCOTT -- A flurry of Northern Arizona bank robberies in 2014 is sending a Mayer man back to prison

Kevin Lee Campbell, 54, conducted a spree of bank robberies in February beginning with a hold-up in Kingman, but by the end of the month he was in jail.

After robbing the Bank of America in Cottonwood, Chase Bank in Camp Verde and National Bank of Kingman, bank workers in Chino Valley copied down his license plate with a description of the tan Chevy Trailblazer in which he fled.

When the vehicle was spotted on SR89 between Chino and Prescott, Highway patrolmen gave chase, reaching 75 mph.

The vehicle was licensed to a Kingman woman, who told authorities that she was in a relationship with Campbell and he still had her vehicle since they broke up. She identified a mug shot of Campbell taken when he was imprisoned in 2012 for a prior robbery, burglary and aggravated assault conviction.

Detectives from Camp Verde and Cottonwood assisted with the investigation.

Tod Moore of Cottonwood said, "My detective conducted an interview with him and he admitted to robbing the bank here as well as the one in Camp Verde, giving specific details of each robbery."

Campbell reportedly entered the Chase Bank in Camp Verde Feb 4, the Bank of America Feb 11 and was caught Feb. 21 after robbing the National Bank of Arizona in Chino Valley.

Police say he is also wanted for a Jan. 28 bank robbery at the National Bank of Arizona in Golden Valley.

In all cases, Campbell is said to have worn gloves, often a hood but did not display a weapon, even though he is reported to have kept his hand in his pockets.

After the Chino robbery, police were able to recover most but not all of the money taken from the Chino bank.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office located the suspect vehicle in Mayer. The vehicle was unoccupied but deputies thought they saw the suspect in the area fleeing on foot.

At 8 a.m., the Sheriff's Office located Campbell and took him into custody. He was transferred over to the Chino Valley Police Department. 

Avoiding a court trial, Campbell pled guilty and was sentenced Dec.15 by Superior Court Judge Jennifer Campbell in Prescott.

He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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