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UPDATED: FBI releases photo of "Bombshell Bandit" Valencia bank robbery suspect

Posted: July 3, 2014 1:26 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2014 3:51 p.m.

The FBI released photos Thursday of the woman suspected of robbing Bank of the West in Valencia last month.

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FBI agents released photographs Thursday of a woman they’ve dubbed, the Bombshell Bandit, suspected of robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month all in the hope someone will recognize her, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

The robbery occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on June 6 when a woman passed a note demanding money to a clerk at the Bank of the West branch on Magic Mountain Parkway at McBean Parkway, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told The Signal Thursday.

“The suspect threatened a bomb when she robbed the bank,” Eimiller said. “We’re going to call her the Bombshell Bandit.”

On Thursday, the FBI released three still images lifted from the bank’s surveillance video that depict a woman wearing glasses and what FBI agents believe is an auburn-colored wig.

“Victim witnesses said the suspect appeared to wearing a wig, auburn or brown in color, as can be seen in the bank surveillance photo,” Eimller said, “but that her natural hair appeared to be black.”

She is described as either white or of Middle Eastern descent, 20 to 25 years old, 5 foot 3 inches tall and about 125 pounds.

The suspected bank robber left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money stolen from the branch, Eimller said. Previous reports suggested the incident was an attempted bank robbery.

“She passed a demand note and was seen leaving the bank on foot,” Eimiller said. “Prior to the robbery, she was seen casing other banks.”

The FBI is working with Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s detectives investigating whether the bank robber is a suspect in other bank robberies.

“We work jointly with the local detectives,” Eimiller said. “Sometimes we prosecute suspects federally. We don’t have her linked to other bank robberies but it is definitely something we look at.”

On the day of the robbery, no shots were reported fired and no one taken into custody, according to local sheriff’s deputies interviewed at the time.
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