A Phoenix man arrested in connection with a string of bank heists in the Valley has been tied to gunfire during one those incidents in early January, Yavapai County sheriff's officials said.
Alan Jeffrey Farber, 48, allegedly fired a shot into Bank of the West in Black Canyon City on Jan. 4 during an apparent robbery attempt, Yavapai County sheriff's authorities said.
On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Farber for armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and use of a firearm in a crime of violence.
According to police records, Farber was arrested Feb. 6 and believed responsible for a series of bank robberies by a man the FBI calls the "Dy-no-mite Bandit."
The FBI said surveillance video from the crimes made them believe that the suspect may have a military or law enforcement background. Farber is in fact a former LAPD officer where he worked in the Career Criminals Unit.
The first of the "Dy-no-mite Bandit" robberies was at a Chase Bank located near Vistancia Boulevard and North El Mirage Road in Peoria on July 3, 2012. The second robbery was in December at the Wells Fargo in Anthem near Daisy Mountain and Interstate 17. The third was on Jan. 2, 2013, at the Scottsdale Chase Bank near Dynamite and Pima roads. The last incident was on Jan. 4 at the Bank of the West on South Old Black Canyon Highway in Black Canyon City.
The white male was caught on surveillance video about a mile away from the Scottsdale bank the day of the robbery. FBI Special Agent Mark Hoffman said the suspect watches the business closely before he acts and twice he cut a hole into the roof to get into the bank.
Police believe he lowered himself through the roof at the Peoria and Anthem bank locations, and in Scottsdale they believe he got in through a public entryway at an ATM and then used the fake explosives.
The FBI said the next day when the bank opened, the suspect would call and threaten to detonate the fake bomb unless he's given money. Agents said the bombs look legitimate, but none of them have actually been explosive.
On Wednesday, the FBI raided a home near 64th Street and Bell in Scottsdale that Farber was renting.
CBS 5 News is learning more about the suspect's past. Farber went to ASU from 1987 to 1990. He worked with the LAPD from 1994 to 2000 targeting the most violent wanted predators in LA. After leaving LAPD, he moved back to Arizona and worked in the construction industry. In 2005, he founded Buildproof, a payment platform for contractors and homeowners in the Valley.
Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.
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