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Man convicted in bank theft scheme

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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 11:30 pm | Updated: 11:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scottsdale resident Christian Louis Priest, 41, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday. He was found guilty on all charges related to a 2007 attempt to rob a Mesa bank by kidnapping and threatening the bank’s manager at her home.

According to a Mesa police probable cause statement, the bank employee woke up and was confronted by an intruder who had entered her home.

He grabbed her arm, pushed her against a wall and put a handgun to her neck.

He told her he wanted her to wire $5 million from the bank to an account number he gave her.

He told her to get ready for work and made arrangements for contacting her later that morning to get the money.

The woman then drove to work, where she told a co-worker what happened and called police.

Mesa police and the FBI found Priest using the account number he gave the woman.

Priest was found guilty of burglary in the first degree, theft by extortion, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

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