Is Butte bank robber "Bad Hair Bandit?"

2011-08-12T13:30:00Z Is Butte bank robber "Bad Hair Bandit?"By John Grant Emeigh Montana Standard
August 12, 2011 1:30 pm  • 

The robbery of a Butte bank Thursday morning is similar to several done by a woman known as the "bad hair bandit," who is believed responsible for 18 bank robberies in Oregon and Washington since 2010.

Butte Sheriff John Walsh said Friday morning that this woman is a possible suspect in Thursday's heist at Bank of Butte, 3525 Harrison Ave. A heavy-set woman wearing a wig entered the Butte bank just before 10 a.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. The robber implied she had a gun, but no weapon was produced in the robbery.

The woman left with an undisclosed amount of cash and the robbery remains under investigation Friday morning.

"I couldn't confirm she (bad hair bandit) is involved, but it certainly has potential," Walsh told the Montana Standard Friday.

The sheriff said the FBI is assisting Butte police in the robbery investigation and is looking into whether the bad hair bandit is involved. A spokesperson for the FBI's office in Salt Lake City wouldn't comment on the investigation and deferred all questions to Butte police.

According to the FBI's Web site, the big hair bandit robs banks by passing a note t the teller and claims she has a gun. She's known as the "bad hair bandit," because she wears a variety of unattractive wigs during the robberies.

The suspect in Thursday's bank robbery in Butte was wearing a short, black wig and large glasses. She also was wearing a red shirt and a white skirt. Witnesses described her as as a white female about 40 years old, 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10 inches tall with a heavy build.

The FBI Web site describes the bad hair bandit as being in her 30s, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, with a medium to heavy build. The FBI says this woman has been seen fleeing the robberies in a newer model silver or gold car similar to a Honda Accord.

The suspect in Thursday's robbery in Butte was last seen leaving the bank on foot and heading north toward Sutey Oil on Holmes Avenue. No one reported seeing her get into a vehicle.

Anyone with information about Butte's robbery is asked to contact either detective Butch Harrington at 497-1170, Sgt. George Holland at 497-1167 or Doug Conway at 497-1123.



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