CENTRAL COAST, Calif. - FBI officials say the woman they're calling the Central Coast Bandit has struck again -- only this time, it's outside of the Central Coast.
FBI officials say the woman robbed Farmers Merchants Bank on the 1700 block of McHenry Avenue in Modesto. According to the victim teller, she entered the bank and requested coin wrappers before presenting a note demanding cash.
The suspect was wearing a horizontally-striped gray t-shirt with blue jeans and a grey and black headscarf, and was carrying a black bag.
The Central Coast Bandit is described as a Hispanic or White woman with dark hair, between 5'5"-5'6", 150-160 lbs., and between 35-45 years old. The suspect has been seen carrying a gun with some of the robberies, and according to witnesses, has been seen leaving the banks in a gray sedan or gold-colored SUV. They also say she is known to wear hats, sunglasses, and casual clothing.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have linked her to the following bank robberies:
12/31/12 Monterey CU 161 Fountain St Pacific Grove Monterey County
2/14/13 Pacific Western 7035 El Camino Real Atascadero SLO County
2/14/13 Chase 8055 El Camino Real Atascadero SLO County
6/27/13 Coast Hills FCU 532 W. Tefft St Nipomo SLO County
7/16/13 Golden One FCU 128 Niblick St Paso Robles SLO County
7/18/13 Farmers Merchants 1700 McHenry Ave. Modesto Stanislaus County
The investigation is being conducted by the Atascadero Police Department, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department, the Paso Robles Police Department; the Pacific Grove Police Department; the Modesto Police Department, and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If you see her, authorities say to not approach her, as they believe she may be armed. They advise to contact your local police agency.
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