U.S. Bank officials today offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the "Plain Jane Bandit," who is , including a holdup in nearby Buena Park on Monday.
The last holdup happened about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Bank branch at 23893 Clinton Keith Road in Wildomar, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
A woman wearing a blue T-shirt and sunglasses walked up to a teller and demanded money. She indicated that she had an accomplice waiting for her outside, authorities said.
After receiving a wad of cash, the woman left the bank, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Chad Loeffler. He said deputies arrived moments later but couldn't locate her.
Hours before the Wildomar holdup, the Plain Jane Bandit robbed a U.S. Bank branch at 5470 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park.
The suspect attempted to rob a Chase bank branch at 14425 Moreno Beach Blvd., but when things weren't going according to her plans she abruptly left and 12 minutes later went to another Moreno Valley bank, Eimiller said. She is suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank branch at 12721 Moreno Beach Blvd., she added.
In the last two weeks, FBI agents allege, the woman has robbed banks in Santa Fe Springs and Whittier, bringing the total number of bank holdups to six.
In all instances, she either slips tellers a note or verbally commands them to give her money, claiming she has an accomplice waiting for her, according to the FBI.
The suspect is described as Latina, 35-45 years old, between 5 feet 3 and 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. She may have used a gray four-door vehicle with a sun roof to make her getaway, authorities said.
Anyone with information about the suspect was urged to contact the FBI or the nearest police agency.
- with reporting from City News Service