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Stolen cash from bank heist probably lost in river, police say

KINGMAN, Ariz. — The $3,083 taken from a bank in northwest Arizona three weeks ago is probably lying somewhere in the Colorado River, two detectives say.

The money taken from Horizon Bank in Fort Mohave on Sept. 7 remained missing Wednesday, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan said.

“Both of them think it’s probably in the river and went downstream,” the sheriff said of the two detectives on the case. “It’s a pretty heavy current, so it wouldn’t take long to get downstream fast.”

The Sheriff’s Office said a cursory search of the area outside the bank and along the chase route turned up none of the stolen cash and the search was ended.

Two Las Vegas brothers were captured in Nevada within 30 minutes of the bank robbery. Sheriff’s deputies said they tailed the suspect vehicle, occupied by Thomas and Kevin Leavy, on Arizona Route 95, and to Bullhead City, Ariz.

Detective Mike Nyquist said the suspects dumped their vehicle and swam across the river, then flopped on the bank and basically gave up, exhausted by the rigors of the river swim.

Nyquist commandeered a personal watercraft. Its operator ferried detectives across the river to apprehend the suspects.

Both brothers were booked into the Clark County jail. One was being held on a possible prison parole violation, the other on local charges.

A probable cause report for the complaint charging the Leavy brothers with the Horizon Bank robbery also implicates Thomas Leavy in the Aug. 1 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Kingman. The document indicates Horizon Bank employees recognized Leavy from surveillance photos distributed to banks after the Kingman bank heist.

Prosecutor Jacob Cote said that he has authorized charges against the Leavy brothers only in the Sept. 7 robbery and that he awaits further investigative reports before considering charges in the Kingman case.

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