1 of 2 Ariz. men in robbery spree case sentenced

The Associated Press

PHOENIX – A Show Low man is going to federal prison for a series of armed robberies of banks and credit unions in four states.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona confirmed Thursday that 53-year-old Ronald Michael Capito was sentenced last month to serve 18 years. Capito must also pay $74,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Capito and 53-year-old Joel Jay Glore were the so-called “High Country Bandits.” Investigators say they committed 16 robberies in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah in 2009 and 2010. In some cases, the two men fled from the banks on an all-terrain vehicle.

Authorities say they stole $150,000 in all.

The robberies in Arizona all occurred in the northern part of the state in Flagstaff, Heber, Pinetop and Payson.

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