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Serial robber arrested following collaborative law enforcement effort

Ina Ronquillo

Serial robber arrested following collaborative law enforcement effort

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Elias Frieg, 31, was arrested Monday morning by a law enforcement collaboration.

Deputy Tom Peine tells KGUN9 that at approximately 6:30 a.m., detectives with the Pima County Sheriff's Department Robbery/Assault Unit, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers and detectives with the Tucson Police Department arrested Freig.

Freig, was taken into custody at his residence in the 9400 block of North Sammy Avenue.

The investigation covered three bank robberies committed within the jurisdiction of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, two in the Phoenix area and one incident that occurred within Tucson city limits, said Peine.

The first documented case in Pima County was reported on December 23, 2011 at the Chase Bank at 8360 North Thornydale Road.

Evidence collected at several scenes tied Freig to the robberies.

With the help from agents with the FBI and in cooperation with TPD, Freig's identity was confirmed and his location established.

Freig has been booked into the Pima County Jail for suspicion of his involvement in multiple bank robberies.

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