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Aug152011

Did the 'Bad Hair Bandit' Strike Again in Missouri?

FBI(BUTTE, Mo.) -- A woman known as the "bad hair bandit" -- for the assortment of ill-fitting wigs she's worn while robbing at least 18 banks since December 2010 -- may have struck again, authorities say.

After a spree that had apparently been confined to Washington and Oregon, the FBI is investigating whether the same bandit robbed a bank in Montana last week.

On Thursday, an unidentified woman wearing a short, dark-haired wig walked into the Bank of Butte in Butte, Missouri, passed a note to the teller, and walked out with over $1,000 in cash.

Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff John Walsh told The Montana Standard that the FBI is now investigating whether the Butte robber was the infamous "bad hair bandit."

"I couldn't confirm she [the bad hair bandit] is involved, but it certainly has potential," Walsh told the newspaper.

Witnesses described the woman at the Butte robbery as a 40-year-old white female, about 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10 inches tall and with a heavy build.

According to the FBI website, the woman typically enters the bank and passes a note to a teller in which she demands cash and states that she is armed.  She tends to wear a zippered hoodie, eyeglasses, a baseball cap, and some type of wig, and appears to flee by car, which the bureau describes as possibly a newer silver or gold sedan similar to a Honda Accord.  Seattle police told ABC News that they believe she may not be from the region.

"There is a strong probability she may be from out of the area which is why no one has recognized her … she needs to turn herself in," a Seattle police spokesperson said.

The "bad hair bandit" earned her nickname for the arsenal of odd wigs that she has used in her spree.  She wore a curly blonde wig while robbing a bank in January, and a month later sported a wavy red weave while robbing another.  In July, she hid her blonde locks under a black baseball cap.

A few weeks later, she was back to what might be considered her signature look -- which is strikingly similar to the look of the woman who robbed the Bank of Butte last week -- a short brown bob with glasses.

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