SEATTLE - A serial bank robber believed to be the woman the FBI dubbed the “Bad Hair Bandit” has been arrested in California.
The FBI says at around 2:25 p.m., a woman entered the Bank of the West in Auburn, Calif. and passed a note to a teller demanding money and stating that she was armed. She was given an undetermined amount of money and left the bank.
Placer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the woman and her male accomplice about 12 miles from the bank when their vehicle and license plate matched a description given by a witness.
Investigators on the FBI Safe Streets Task Forces in Seattle and Sacramento believe that the woman is the same person nicknamed "Bad Hair Bandit," who is responsible for up to 20 bank robberies across four states.
Witnesses had said the woman typically entered the bank and passed a note to a teller, demanding cash. She would state that she was armed.
The Bad Hair Bandit earned her nickname for the variety of wigs she wore during robberies.
The following is a list of bank robberies or attempts attributed to the Bad Hair Bandit:
• US Bank, Tacoma, WA-12/22/2010
• Key Bank, Tumwater, WA-01/05/2011
• Key Bank, Tacoma, WA-01/12/2011
• Wells Fargo Bank, Spanaway, WA-01/14/2011
• Heritage Bank, Tacoma, WA-01/21/2011
• Cathay Bank, Kent, WA-01/26/2011
• First Security Bank, Redmond, WA-01/27/2011
• US Bank, Auburn, WA-02/10/2011
• Wells Fargo Bank, University Place, WA-02/19/2011
• Sound Community Bank, Tacoma, WA-03/25/2011
• Wells Fargo Bank, University Place, WA-04/09/2011
• Cathay Bank, Bellevue, WA-04/21/2011
• Wheatland Bank, Ellensburg, WA-04/26/2011
• Key Bank, Moses Lake, WA-04/27/2011
• Chase Bank, Spokane, WA-05/09/2011
• Sterling Bank, Moses Lake, WA-06/07/2011
• Key Bank, Lake Oswego, OR-07/01/2011
• Yakima Federal, Richland, WA-07/18/2011
• Bank of Butte, Butte, MT-08/11/2011
• Bank of the West, Auburn, CA-08/15/2011
If you have any information on the bank robberies above, you are asked to call the FBI Safe Streets Task Force at 206-262-2390; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, the 24/7 tips line of the Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.