Bank robbery suspect arrested in Arizona

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Arizona

A Stockton man suspected of robbing a Medford bank last week has been arrested in Arizona and is wanted for other bank heists in California.

Dustin Michael Burt, 28, was arrested by Arizona State Police on March 17 and soon tied to at least two bank robberies in California along with the robbery of the PremierWest Bank branch on East McAndrews Road March 14.

Burt was a passenger in the car when the trooper pulled it over for a traffic violation.

Burt gave the trooper a fictitious name "Jermaine Franks" in hopes that he would not be linked to the bank robberies.

His story soon unraveled and he was lodged in jail near Phoenix, Ariz., on robbery warrants out of Madera and Contra Costa counties in California.

Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said it could take some time before Burt is extradited to Jackson County.

"This will be a lengthy process getting him back here because there are so many jurisdictions involved and several crimes," Hansen said.

Hansen speculated that Burt most likely will appear in California for the alleged robberies there before he is shipped to Medford.

Medford investigators believe Burt entered the PremierWest branch the morning of March 14 and demanded money from a teller. No weapon was displayed.

Burt reportedly fled the bank and was last seen jumping a fence near Wilson Elementary School. The school was placed on precautionary lockdown for close to an hour as police scoured the area.

Police also are looking for a black woman driving a black Cadillac who came to the bank an hour earlier and who was reported to have acted suspiciously.

Hansen said this woman could have been Burt's getaway driver for the robbery.

The FBI is currently interviewing Burt about his alleged involvement in the robberies. The case could be settled in federal court, Hansen said.

— Chris Conrad

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