HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – It’s a fairly common crime – bank robbery. But this time it’s an uncommon thief accused of pulling off the heist – a woman.
The feds released surveillance pictures Tuesday of the woman who is accused of robbing the Chase Bank at 4223 Hollywood Boulevard around closing time on Monday.
The pictures show the woman wearing a wig and sunglasses. There is no weapon seen in the pictures and the woman is seen counting cash at the teller window before walking out.
Investigators believe she is the same woman seen robbing a Chase Bank at 6529 Nova Drive in Davie on September 12.
And just two weeks ago, the FBI sent CBS4 a set of pictures of a woman with red hair robbing this Chase Bank in Davie.
One Chase Bank customer CBS4 spoke with expressed surprise at a woman being accused of multiple bank robberies.
“Robbers are always kind of guys, you would think, right,” said Rachele, declining to give her last name. “But maybe that’s how she got away with it. You know, harmless, innocent woman.”
CBS4’s Carey Codd asked David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, for his take on a female bank robbery.
“Nothing’s rare or unusual in Florida, but even in South Florida it’s unusual to find a female as a defendant in a bank robbery case,” Weinstein said.
Weinstein pulled some cases for Codd. They show that since 2012 there have only been three women charged with bank robbery in South Florida. Weinstein believes gender isn’t a factor when it comes to money.
“If the economy is down and people are unemployed and don’t have any money, you go to the place where the money is kept,” he said, echoing a line infamously attributed to notorious bank robber Willie Sutton.
Female or not, customers think she needs to go to the same place that male bank robbers do – jail.
“That’s crazy but hopefully she gets caught,” Rachele said.
If you know who this woman is contact the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or call Croward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.