'Central Coast Bandit' suspected in Modesto bank robbery

July 19, 2013 

This woman, shown during the robbery of a Modesto bank Thursday, July 18, is believed to be the "Central Coast Bandit," responsible for three bank robberies in San Luis Obispo County and another in Monterey County.

COURTESY OF THE FBI

A woman who robbed a Modesto bank on Thursday is likely the same woman responsible for a series of bank robberies on the Central Coast starting late last year.

The woman walked into the Farmers and Merchants Bank in McHenry Village and handed a note to a teller indicating she had a handgun, although none was seen, said Modesto police Sgt. Rick Applegate.

The woman left in a gray, four-door sedan, with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI believes it is the same woman who robbed the Golden 1 Credit Union in Paso Robles on Tuesday and banks in Nipomo and Atascadero earlier this year and in Pacific Grove at the end of 2012.

The bandit is described by the FBI as a white or Hispanic woman age 35 to 45, around 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighing 150 to 160 pounds.

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