Wig-wearing serial bank robber on the loose

9NEWS @ 4. 9/20/2016

KUSA - KUSA - Authorities are offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a woman who they say has robbed five Denver-area banks within the past month – in each case wearing a short black wig and glasses.
 
The suspect, dubbed the “Wicked Wig Bandit” has threatened to use a gun, but hasn’t taken out a weapon.
 
"She threatens, she tells them I have a gun. Even though she's never shown it, that doesn't mean she's not going to or she's not going to use it." FBI Denver Division Spokesperson Deborah Sherman said.
 
Sherman says the FBI’s investigation shows the robber followed a similar pattern in each robbery.
 
Each time she wore a wig, and targeted banks that were either inside Safeway or Albertson’s Grocery stores.

-Aug. 23 at 2:17 p.m. at the First Bank at 2660 N. Federal Blvd. in Denver
-Sept. 7 at 3:20 p.m. at the Wells Fargo at 6460 E. Yale Ave. in Denver
-Sept. 12 at 11:38 p.m. at the Wells Fargo at 3900 Wadsworth Blvd. in Wheat Ridge
-Sept. 16 at 4:35 p.m. at the Wells Fargo at 2150 S. Downing St. in Denver
-Sept. 19 at 4:25 p.m. at the Chase Bank at 500 E. 120th St. in Northglenn

Sherman says one thing that stands out about this particular robber is that she is a woman, which is rare.

"In Colorado I'd say we see it only 1 or 2 percent of the time. Nationwide it might be 7 percent of the time." Sherman said.

In one case, police say the bandit wore a black “Slipknot” concert shirt, and a Broncos cap during a separate robbery.

The Wicked Wig Bandit is described as a white woman who is around 5 feet 2 inches with a thin build. Police believe she is 40 to 50 years old.

Sherman says the bureau looked into reports of the bandit robbing another bank earlier Tuesday, but that it just turned out to be a look-a-like. Sherman says that's troubling, because it could mean the Wicked Wig Bandit is inspiring copycats. 

“As long as everybody in the community is looking out for women wearing wigs robbing banks we should be OK," she said.
 
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Metro Denver CrimeStoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or by using the Metro Denver CrimeStoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for an award of up to $2,000.
 
The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app is immediately available as a free download on the App Store for Apple devices, on Google Play for Android devices and on the BlackBerry App World for select BlackBerry devices. To learn more about Crime Stoppers visit the website at http://metrodenvercrimestoppers.com/.

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