Man charged with two bank robberies

A North Carolina man charged with robbing Downey Savings and Loan in Kingman now faces charges in connection with another bank robbery in Utah.

The Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City first reported Brandon Steinberg, 33, had been charged on Feb. 1 with the robbery of Key Bank in Salt Lake City.

At approximately 3 p.m. on Jan. 14, Steinberg allegedly robbed Key Bank, 410 E. 400 South. According to the charging document in the U.S. District Court, Steinberg allegedly gave the teller a handwritten note which read, "This is a robbery give me all your big bills please."

Steinberg allegedly left the bank on foot with $2,250, according to court documents. The Key Bank teller and a witness later identified Steinberg from a photograph lineup using his arrest picture.

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department arrested Steinberg on Jan. 17 at a hotel in Las Vegas. According to court documents, a police informant advised LVMPD that Steinberg and an accomplice, Daniel McDowell, admitted to robbing the Downey Savings and Loan.

When interviewed by police, McDowell allegedly admitted driving Steinberg to the bank to commit what he thought would be a check fraud, court documents stated.

McDowell has not been charged with the robbery in Utah at this time, FBI Special Agent Juan T. Becerra said. The investigation is ongoing and the FBI will continue to pursue all investigative leads and prosecution, he added.

Around 11:10 a.m. on Jan. 10, Steinberg allegedly robbed Downey Savings and Loan, 3240 Stockton Hill Road. Like the Utah robbery, he allegedly gave the teller a hand-written note that read, "This is a robbery large bills please."

Steinberg allegedly left the bank on foot with $2,300, which was not recovered during his arrest.

When alerted of Steinberg's arrest, Kingman Police Department detectives traveled to Las Vegas. They charged Steinberg with robbery using a felony warrant issued by the Mohave County Attorney's Office.

Steinberg was extradited to Mohave County and arrived in the jail on Jan. 31. He is being held on $85,000 bond on the Arizona case, said Trish Carter, public information specialist with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Steinberg has yet to be indicted by a grand jury in Arizona or Utah.

As long as Steinberg is being held in Mohave County Jail, the Arizona case will be tried before the Utah charges, Prosecutor Rod Albright said. If Steinberg posts bond or is released on his own recognizance, he would be extradited to Utah on the additional charges, Albright added.