Plain Jane Bandit linked to local bank robberies

WHITTIER - The Plain Jane Bandit, suspected in six recent bank robberies including four within a 24-hour time span, is being sought by FBI and local law enforcement.The unidentified female bank robber is suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank at 13372 Telegraph Rd. in Santa Fe Springs on July 12 and a U.S. Bank at 13525 Whittier Blvd. in Whittier on July 19. She was also linked to bank robberies in Moreno Valley and Buena Park earlier this week. Her latest robbery came Tuesday night, when authorities say she demanded cash from a bank branch located inside a grocery store in Wildomar. The FBI dubbed the suspect the Plain Jane Bandit after a witness described her appearance as that of a "plain jane." During the robberies, she uses written and verbal demands and indicates that someone, possibly an accomplice, is waiting for her outside the bank. Witnesses have described the suspect as a Hispanic female, 35-40 years old, about 5 ft. 5 inches tall and 150-170 pounds. She may have a scar below or next to her right eye, and a possible tattoo on her right shoulder area. She may be driving a four-door silver vehicle with a sunroof. Anyone with information on the suspect's identity or location is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911.

********** Published: July 26, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 15