FBI Seeks WeHo’s Purse-Packing Bandit

February 18, 2013

A woman suspected in four bank robberies, two of them inside West Hollywood, remains at large and authorities seek the public’s help in locating her. Known as the "Purse-Packing Bandit," she is known to have last struck at the Chase branch at 3738 Crenshaw Blvd. in the Crenshaw District on Christmas Eve, says the FBI, which is charged with tracking down and apprehending bank robbers.

The Purse Packing Bandit is described as a black female, 5’02” to 5’04,” 120 to 140 lbs. and 35 to 45 years of age.

During the robberies linked to the Purse Packing Bandit, the suspect approaches the victim bank teller carrying a purse in which she advises the teller there is a gun. The Purse Packing Bandit passes a note to the victim teller demanding specific amounts of cash. The Purse Packing Bandit is seen in bank surveillance photos with various hairstyles, possibly wigs, and, in some cases, sunglasses.

The suspect has been linked to the following robberies:

10/20/12 Citibank 8900 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood

11/14/12 Chase Bank 310 N. Fairfax Blvd. Los Angeles – just a few blocks outside West Hollywood

12/20/12 Bank of America 8025 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood

12/24/12 Chase Bank 3738 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles

The Purse Packing Bandit is described as a black female, 5’02” to 5’04,” 120 to 140 lbs. and 35 to 45 years of age.

Bandit names are generated based on witness descriptions of the appearance or behavior of a suspect during the initial robberies to which they’re linked. The FBI is conducting these investigations jointly with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org. Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of either suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org