FBI Offers $10 000 Reward For Bank Robbing Woman Nicknamed Fake Hair Don't Care Bandit

FBI Offers $10 000 Reward For Bank Robbing Woman Nicknamed Fake Hair Don't Care Bandit

WASHINGTON: Authorities offered a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of a woman nicknamed the "Fake Hair Don't Care Bandit" because she "frequently wore a wig," while robbing banks, the FBI said.

The woman committed five robberies in the Washington, DC, area, over a 15-month period in 2016 and 2017, the FBI said.

Investigators are looking for help finding the woman, who seems to have been last involved in a holdup on Aug. 1, said Kadia Koroma, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Washington Field Office.

On Tuesday, the bureau released surveillance-camera images of the suspect and announced the reward. The woman is described as African American, in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

"In each robbery, the suspect passed a note demanding money and fled the bank on foot after receiving the funds," the FBI said in a statement. "She has frequently worn a wig and sunglasses during the robberies and has also carried various oversized bags."

The 2016 holdups occurred May 23 at Bank of America in Washington, DC; May 27 at a Wells Fargo Bank in Washington; and May 28 at a Wells Fargo Bank in Bethesda, Maryland.

After an apparent yearlong hiatus, the FBI said, she robbed a Capital One Bank in Washington on June 20, 2017, and a Bank of America in District Heights, Maryland, on Aug. 1.

Koroma said the FBI dubbed her the "Fake Hair Don't Care Bandit" because "we like to come up with catchy names to get the public's attention."

The "Fake Hair" part of the designation refers to the robber's wigs. As for the "Don't Care" part, Koroma said it was added "just to make it more catchy."

Paul Duggan, The Washington Post

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