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'Plain Jane Bandit' robs another SoCal bank, FBI says

August 1, 2012 |  6:21 am

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Already suspected in five robberies and two attempts this month in Southern California, the "Plain Jane Bandit" hit yet another bank Tuesday morning, officials said.

The unidentified woman made off with an undisclosed amount of money from a Chase Bank in the 11900 block of South Street in Cerritos about 10:40 a.m., said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

Eimiller said the woman's tactics were the same used by the serial bank robber, who always claims there is someone else working with her outside the bank. Authorities believe the alleged second suspect is a ruse because no witnesses have reported an accomplice.

The woman is believed responsible for a series of five robberies that began July 12 in Santa Fe Springs and continued to Whittier, Moreno Valley, Buena Park and Wildomar, Eimiller said. Authorities believe she is the same woman who attempted to rob a Moreno Valley bank July 23 and a Downey Bank of America on Monday.

The first five actual robberies all occurred at U.S. Bank branches, authorities said.

Witnesses have described the woman to authorities as a Latina, 35 to 40 years old, possibly driving a four-door silver vehicle. Other witnesses have reported a possible scar near her right eye and a tattoo on her right shoulder area, officials said.

U.S. Bank has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber.

Authorities declined to say how much money she took because of concerns about copycat robberies, but they said the sum was not "a lot."

Anyone with information is asked to call the nearest FBI office or 911.

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Photo: Surveillance image of the "Plain Jane Bandit." Credit: KTLA-TV.

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