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Friday
Aug032012

'Plain Jane Bandit' Believed Caught After Eight Heists

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The "Plain Jane Bandit," who is believed to be responsible for eight bank heists or attempted bank robberies in Southern California, has been arrested, officials said.

Sylvia Helen Garcia, 38, was captured near her home in Downey, Calif., late Thursday, according to ABC News' Los Angeles affiliate KABC.

The Plain Jane Bandit has been linked to six bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies around Southern California since July 12. The most recent attempt by the Plain Jane Bandit was on Tuesday, but she left before getting any money. In all eight instances, she used both written and verbal demands and told the bank teller that an accomplice was waiting outside, the FBI said.

Authorities did not say how much money was stolen, but witnesses described the robber as a Hispanic woman in her mid-30s, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5 and weighing 150 to 170 pounds. She did not wear a disguise.

The nickname came from a witness' description of the robber as a "plain Jane."

The robber was linked to a silver four-door vehicle, though the alleged accomplice had not been seen.

U.S. Bank, which had five branches robbed, had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the robber's arrest and conviction.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul312012

‘Plain Jane Bandit’ Robs Seventh California Bank

FBI Los Angeles Field Office(DOWNEY, Calif.) -- The bank robber nicknamed the “Plain Jane Bandit” struck for a seventh time Monday, attempting to rob a Bank of America in Downey, Calif.

The woman has been linked to a series of five bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies around Southern California since July 12.

In all seven instances, the woman followed the same method, using both written and verbal demands and telling the bank teller an accomplice was waiting outside, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

Authorities have not disclosed how much money she has stolen.  They have not suggested a possible name.

Witnesses describe the suspect as an Hispanic woman in her mid-30s, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5 and 150-170 pounds.  She may drive a silver four-door vehicle. Her alleged accomplice has not yet been seen.

Her nickname came from a witness’ description of her as a “plain Jane.”

U.S. Bank, where five branches have been hit, is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is urged to call the nearest FBI office or 911.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jul252012

‘Plain Jane Bandit’ Goes on Bank Robbery Spree

Los Angeles Field Office(LOS ANGELES) -- A bank robber known as the “Plain Jane Bandit” is believed to have hit six Los Angeles area banks in recent weeks, including four in a 24-hour period.

During the robberies, the woman uses written and verbal demands, and says an accomplice is waiting for her outside the bank.

Witnesses describe the suspect as an Hispanic female between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5, weighing about 150 to 170 pounds, and between 35 and 40 years old.

The woman’s nickname came from an interview with a witness in one of the earlier robberies, in which the witness described the suspect as a “plain Jane.”

Witnesses also say the woman may have a scar below or next to her right eye, as well as a tattoo on her right shoulder area.

The first robbery the “Plain Jane Bandit” was linked to was on July 12, followed by another one on July 19. She was quiet for a few days, until she began a spree, hitting two banks on July 23, followed by another two on July 24.

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