"Bombshell Bandit" Made Threats in 3 Heists: FBI

The woman has been tied to robberies in San Diego, Valencia and Lake Havasu

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     A woman dubbed the “Bombshell Bandit” by the FBI may be responsible for three bank robberies in the Southwest region, including one in San Diego.

    The suspect doesn’t get her nickname from her striking looks, but instead from the bomb threats she makes in her heists.

    The FBI says she has held up three banks by passing the teller a demand note, stating she has a bomb and will detonate it if she does not receive cash.

    Investigators have tied the “Bombshell Bandit” to a robbery on June 6 at a Bank of the West in Valencia, California and one at a Wells Fargo Bank in Lake Havasu, Arizona on July 8.

    She is also suspected of robbing the Comerica Bank at 3361 Rosecrans Street in San Diego on July 14.

    No one has been injured in those heists.

    According to the FBI, the “Bombshell Bandit” is described as a woman between 20 to 25 years old, about 5-foot-3 and weighs between 120 and 140 pounds.

    In bank surveillance video, she is shown possibly wearing an auburn or brown wig, but officials believe her natural hair color is black.

    She has been seen wearing a long, multi-colored scarf on her head and neck, dark sunglasses with large lenses, flip flops, a blue long-sleeved jacket with a front zipper or a dark long-sleeved sweater and a long black shirt.

    If you know anything about this series of heists, call the San Diego FBI at 858-320-1800, the LA FBI at 310-477-6565 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-540-8477.