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Reward Offered for "Purse-Packing Bandit" Bank Robber

Investigators say the woman has struck 10 Westside branches since October 2012



    A $15,000 reward is being offered to find the "Purse-Packing Bandit" bank robber. Report on the NBC4 News at 11 August 12, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

    Investigators are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the so-called “Purse-Packing Bandit,” a serial bank robber who has struck at least 10 Los Angeles branches.

    The woman allegedly enters the banks, approaches a teller and hands over a note demanding money. She carries a handgun in her purse, earning her the nickname.

    In a March robbery, she brandished a handgun at a Bank of America branch in the 400 block of N. La Brea Avenue.

    Police say she should be considered armed and dangerous.

    Investigators say the woman, who has sometimes donned wigs and sunglasses as a disguise, struck 10 banks on the Westside between October 2012 and July of this year. They believe she is familiar with the area and may live or work nearby.

    The suspect is between 35 and 40 years old, stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs between 120 and 140 pounds.

    The city of Los Angeles is offering a $10,000 reward, and the FBI is offering $5,000, for information that leads to her arrest.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tracey Benjamin at 213-486-6840. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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