Friday, January 6, 2012

The Latest in Tucson's (Alleged) Criminal Element

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Crime happens every day. No matter how many police officers patrol the streets, no matter what other prevention efforts are undertaken, it's going to happen. There's no way around it.

All we can hope for is that the cops catch the bad guys, and in some cases, shed some light on some rather interesting (read: non-intelligent) individuals.

So, with that in mind, we bring you the father-and-son (alleged) bank robbing duo of 44-year-old Steven Caplinger and 21-year-old Destin Jordan, who earlier this week were arrested by Tucson police on suspicion of commiting at least eight local heists since late October.

Steven Caplinger

According to TPD, the two were busted on Jan. 3 after Caplinger allegedly robbed the Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union at 9725 E. Broadway. This was apparently the second time Caplinger had gone to that branch, and according to TPD hitting the same place more than once was a trend.

Caplinger is alleged to have robbed the Commerce Bank at 2285 W. Ina Road twice in the span of a month, and the Wells Fargo at 555 N. Wilmot Road twice in five days late last year, TPD said.

Nearly all of the robberies involved a man wearing University of Arizona apparel (Rule No. 4 in the bank robber's handbook: change your gear, dude), which police say might have contributed to an 88-CRIME tip called in last month identifying Caplinger as the robber.

While Caplinger is believed to be the actual robber, his son is accused of assisting in at least one heist by serving as a getaway drive, TPD said.

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