Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrie were so successful at robbing banks that they swiped more than $500,000 in at least half a dozen states over two years, leading police to dub them a modern Bonnie and Clyde, the New York Times reports. They vacationed in Belize and British Columbia, and Pritchert bought stocks on the Internet.
Their spending spree ended Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa when police, who were tipped off by the FBI, went to an apartment they had shared since 2000. Pritchert, 42, and Guthrie, 30, will be deported to the United States, where they are accused of robbing banks in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon.
The Times quotes Mesa, Az., police detective Donald Vogel as saying, “What separated them from most bank robbers is that they were not impulsive. Their M.O. was very distinct. These people were very prepared. They did surveillance. They did their homework before a robbery, to make sure they knew the best time to do it, so that there were no surprises, so it would be a situation they could control.”