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$350,000 stolen in Bank of America heist; $10,000 reward offered

Approximately $350,000 was stolen during Wednesday's burglary of the Cottonwood Bank of America. It appears that the suspect may have had knowledge of banking procedures to include security procedures. Information has been obtained that a white sedan was seen in the area during the time of the initial alarm call at 1 a.m. (VVN/Vyto Starinskas)

Approximately $350,000 was stolen during Wednesday's burglary of the Cottonwood Bank of America. It appears that the suspect may have had knowledge of banking procedures to include security procedures. Information has been obtained that a white sedan was seen in the area during the time of the initial alarm call at 1 a.m. (VVN/Vyto Starinskas)

Wednesday's early morning burglary of the Cottonwood branch of the Bank of America saw about $350,000 stolen and a $10,000 reward is being offered in the case.

According to a news release from Cottonwood Police Dept. Commander Gary Eisenga, the break-in and theft occurred prior to Bank of America opening for business.

"An individual or individuals entered the bank through the rear door of the building. The suspect or suspects removed approximately $350,000 from the bank. It appears that the suspect may have had knowledge of banking procedures to include security procedures. Information has been obtained that a white sedan was seen in the area during the time of the initial alarm call at 1 a.m.," Eisenga's news release stated.

Cottonwood Police Spokesman/Detective Tod Moore said one or two people entered the bank branch overnight through the back door to the building.

There was no forced entry, he said.

Moore said alarms called police to the bank branch twice. The first alarm brought police to the Bank of America branch at 1 a.m. The second alarm was at 4 a.m.

Both times, said Moore, police "found the bank secured and nothing suspicious was observed."

Cottonwood Police Department criminal investigations division continues to investigate the burglary along with assistance from the FBI, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Yavapai County Attorney's Office personnel.

No suspect information has been obtained at this time however investigative leads are being pursued. This investigation is still in progress.

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved. Yavapai Silent Witness can also be contacted at 1-800-932-3232.

Please contact Detective Sgt. Tod Moore of the Cottonwood Police Department Criminal Investigations Division if you have any information in regard to this incident. He can be reached at (928) 634-4246 or tmoore@cottonwoodaz.gov.

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