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FBI looks for the local bad hair bandit

A Washington bank robber known for wearing a variety of unattractive wigs is featured in a new wanted poster on the FBI website.


The "Bad Hair Bandit" is the first bank robber from the FBI's Seattle division to appear on the national website in several years. The FBI is hoping to get some help from the public in capturing the woman who has committed or attempted at least 16 bank robberies in the Puget Sound area, Ellensburg and Spokane over the past two years.

A reward totaling $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of and charges against the bank robber.

The wanted poster describes the bad hair bandit this way:

An unknown White female is thought to be responsible for at least 16 bank robberies and attempted bank robberies throughout Washington State since December of 2010. Typically, the woman enters the bank and passes a note to a teller in which she demands cash and states that she is armed. She appears to flee by car, possibly a newer silver or gold sedan similar to a Honda Accord.

The robber is described as a White female in her 30s, 5'5" to 5'7", with a medium to heavy build. She tends to wear a zippered hoodie, eyeglasses, a baseball cap, and some type of wig.

Her hair doesn't look that bad. Does it?

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