AP NEWS

Court indicts man for Prescott Valley bank robberies

December 27, 2016 GMT

The US District Court filed a complaint against a man accused of attempting to rob and robbing two banks in Prescott Valley earlier this month.

Jeffrey Martin Gore, 55, of Gilbert was arrested Dec. 12 for his alleged involvement at a Bank of America and BMO Harris.

At about 10:25 a.m., investigators from the Prescott Valley Police Department responded to an attempted robbery at the Bank of America, according to a probable cause statement. A bank employee told responding officers that a bald, black male about 5-feet-3 wearing black clothing and sunglasses walked up to the teller station and handed her a demand note reading “This is a robbery.” The teller pushed her silent alarm and asked Gore “Are you sure you want to do this?” He replied “Yes, I’m sure. Come on.” The teller shouted “Hello!” and did not give Gore money. He left the bank without anything. No weapon was displayed nor was a threat made during the incident.

Then at about 10:30 a.m., employees at the BMO Harris Bank , 7721 E. Florentine Road, reported a robbery. An employee described the suspect similar to the incident at Bank of America. The suspect approached the teller’s station and presented a hand note reading “This is a robbery.” He asked for $100, $50 and $20 bills. The teller stated the suspect left with about $500, though an audit revealed a loss of $770.

Witnesses at BMO Harris detailed the suspects vehicle as a newer black Chevrolet Impala. Officers drove near Highway 69 and Highway 169 in an attempt to locate the vehicle.

A Yavapai County deputy sheriff saw the vehicle and pursued it. When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the suspect accelerated his vehicle, travelling at more than 100 mph and passsing other vehicles over a double-yellow line.

After about 13 miles along Highway 169 the suspect lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and rolled over several times.

Officers identified the driver as Jeffrey Martin Gore.

Medical personnel evaluated Gore and he refused medical treatment. PVPD arrested him, and a serach revealed Gore had $760 in cash on him.

The PVPD and the FBI executed a search warrant on the vehicle, finding dark sunglasses, a black T-shirt, a glass pipe use to smoke methamphetamine or cocaine, lottery tickets and a Tracfone.

Gore’s criminal history inclued multiple robbery convictions starting in 1985. His most recent convictions were for bank robberies in 2000 and 2004. He was released from prison in May 2016. Gore is currently on supervised release witht the US Probation for Bank Robbery.

A US Attorney’s Office spokesperson stated in an email that a suspect had been arrested in connection with a robbery at a BMO Harris Bank in Peoria on Dec. 9. As of now, it is not certain that Gore was the suspect in that crime. However, the suspect’s description reported by the Peoria Police Department is similar to that of Gore.

Gore, nor any other suspect, has been indicted for the Peoria robbery.