MODESTO — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help identifying a woman known as the "Central Coast Bandit" who is believed to be responsible for seven bank robberies, including one in Modesto.
Since December, authorities say the woman robbed five banks in San Luis Obispo County, one in Monterey county and a Farmers & Merchants Bank in Modesto in July, according to FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie.
Surveillance footage shows the woman cheerfully walking into the banks wearing an assortment of hats, handbags and nondescript T-shirts.
She presents tellers with notes that contain a demand for money and a threat of harm to everyone present in the bank.
During her first robbery on Dec. 31, the Central Coast Bandit displayed a handgun to the teller. In subsequent robberies, she has not displayed the handgun, but should be considered armed and dangerous, Swankie said.
Due to the distance between the San Louis Obispo County and the more northern counties of Monterey and Stanislaus, the suspect may reside or frequently visit several counties in Central California and along the coast.
Anyone with information about the identity and location of the Central Coast Bandit is urged to submit a tip at https://tips.fbi.gov or contact their local FBI field office. The Sacramento Field Office can be reached by calling (916) 481-9110, and the Los Angeles Field Office can be reached by calling (310) 477-6565.