Modesto bank robbery suspect tied to other crimes

local@modbee.comJuly 19, 2013 

— A woman who robbed a Modesto bank on Thursday is likely the same woman responsible for a series of bank robberies on the Central Coast starting late last year.

The woman walked into the Farmers & Merchants Bank in McHenry Village and handed a note to a teller indicating she had a handgun, although none was seen, said Modesto police Sgt. Rick Applegate.

The woman left in a gray four-door sedan, escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Modesto police posted her picture on Facebook on Friday and a commenter said it was the same woman who robbed several banks in San Luis Obispo County.

Applegate said Modesto detectives contacted investigators on the Central Coast. The case has been forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The woman is known as the Central Coast Bandit, according to NBC affiliate KSBY in San Luis Obispo.

The FBI believes it is the same woman who robbed the Golden 1 Credit Union in Paso Robles on Tuesday, banks in Nipomo and Atascadero earlier this year, and in Pacific Grove at the end of 2012, the TV station reported.

She is described as Latina, in her 40s, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 140 pounds.

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