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Who is the ‘Pink Lady Bandit’ wanted by the FBI?

Colourfully-nicknamed robber has hit four East Coast banks

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 (£8,000) for help in capturing a bank robber it has dubbed the “Pink Lady Bandit”.

The Bureau has issued photographs of the woman it believes to be behind four bank robberies, in a national crime alert. 

The suspect, who hasn’t yet been identified, is described as white or Hispanic, around 5ft 3in tall, and weighing about 130lb (60kg).

What is she wanted for?

According to the FBI, the woman is thought to be behind robberies at four banks across three states on the US East Coast.

During each heist, she “showed the bank staff a note demanding money”, reports Sky News.

The first robbery took place at Orrstown Bank in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on 20 July. 

Three days later, the “Pink Lady Bandit” held up the M&T Bank in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware - about 200 miles away. The third heist took place the following day, on 24 July, at the Southern Bank in Ayden, North Carolina, some 300 miles south of the second hit.

The most recent robbery took place on Friday, reports CNN, at a BB&T bank in Hamlet, North Carolina, a 180-mile drive southwest of Ayden.

The FBI has not disclosed how much cash she took at each location, says ABC News.

Where does the name come from?

The suspect’s moniker comes from the “distinctive pink handbag” she carried in at least two of the raids, reports Sky News.

The handbag is not pictured in the photos released so far, but the woman can be seen wearing a blue baseball cap in two of the shots as well as dark sunglasses.

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