California Bank Robber Continues to Strike Grocery Banks

The ''Bag Lady Bandit'' has struck again, and police say it's the second time she's robbed the bank branch inside a Livermore grocery store.

Nicknamed for her habit of putting stolen money into a red handbag, the woman is allegedly responsible for 10 other bank robberies throughout the Bay Area. Livermore police say she had not hit a bank since she robbed a Wells Fargo Bank inside a Safeway in Los Gatos on April 23.

Until Tuesday.

Livermore police said about 5:30 p.m. the robber approached a teller at a Livermore Wells Fargo bank branch inside of PW Market, 1600 N. Vasco Road. She allegedly handed over a note demanding money. ''Hurry up, hurry up,'' she allegedly said. ''I have a gun.''

No gun was seen.

That is similar to what happened in the other robberies.

The Livermore Police Department has released a series of three photos of the blond robber taken during two separate holdups. Two of the photos, taken by bank security cameras, are from the Tuesday robbery. The other photo is from the same Livermore store taken during a March 21 robbery.

The FBI, which is offering an unspecified reward for any information about her, says the suspect is a white woman, 30 to 40 years old, about 5-feet-2, with a medium build, blue eyes and glasses.

Police and the FBI believe the ''Bag Lady Bandit'' is also responsible for robberies of bank branches inside grocery stores in Los Altos, Dublin, Fremont, Los Gatos, Union City, Santa Cruz, Rocklin, San Ramon and Scotts Valley. Police did not release how much was stolen from any of the robberies.

She allegedly began the string of robberies in March.

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