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Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrie

Real Name: Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrie
Aliases: Nova Hicks, Nova Thomas, Alex Santini
Wanted For: Armed Robbery
Missing Since: 2000

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Details: Since 1997, Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrie have been two bank robbers on the run, a modern "Bonnie and Clyde" couple who have robbed a total of 12 banks throughout the West, including Las Vegas, Colorado, and Arizona, and their elaborate schemes allow them to live the lavish lifestyle that they dreamed of. Craig Pritchert, 37, is a former college baseball star and Nova Guthrie is a former biology major and sorority president. Before each heist, the couple are believed to have spent considerable time in the area of the bank, and they study and survey it. Each robbery is an armed takeover, and often occurs when the bank opens or closes. They wear disguises and maintain radio contact with their co-conspirators via two-way radios and they usually abandon their vehicles nearby. For nearly two years the couple continued to rob banks together, but then in March of 1999, Nova had a change of heart. She asked for help from her sister, who told her to contact chaplain Bill Fay in Denver whom she told that she wanted out of her life of crime. She turned herself in to the FBI and she told them some things about the heists. The FBI was so confident that Nova would tell them everything about the heists and about Craig that they let her go without arresting her, but that was a mistake. She apparently changed her mind and decided to go back with Craig and to begin robbing banks again. They committed their last known robbery in the fall of 2000 and the couple was last seen in Nova Scotia at a professional hockey game. Authorities believe that the couple is still robbing banks and they are still wanted.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the July 17, 2001 episode. Pritchert and Guthrie was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Captured. Much like "Bonnie and Clyde," Pritchert and Guthrie were also taken down by the law. In August of 2003, they were discovered living in Cape Town, South Africa where Guthrie was working managing a nightclub while Pritchert spent his time on the computer buying and selling stocks. A South African tourist traveling in the United States noticed Guthrie's wanted poster and contacted authorities. The couple was extradited back to the United States, and Pritchert was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison, and Guthrie to ten years in prison plus paying $231,000 in restitution. Guthrie has served her time and has been released.
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