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‘Pink Lady Bandit’ strikes again, suspected of robbing another NC bank on spree, FBI says

A woman suspected in a string of bank robberies just hit her second in North Carolina, according to the FBI.

Called the “Pink Lady Bandit” by federal investigators, the FBI says she’s hit banks in Pennsylvania, Delaware and now two in North Carolina in the past week.

That includes her most recent robbery, a bank in Hamlet, North Carolina last Friday, the FBI tweeted.

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The FBI says investigators are looking for this woman suspected in a string of bank robberies down the east coast. FBI

The FBI, which is known for a tradition of coming up with catchy monikers for wanted suspects, said, “She has been dubbed the ‘Pink Lady Bandit’ because in at least two of the robberies she carried a distinctive pink handbag.”

The robbery spree started in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at an Orrstown Bank on July 20, the FBI said. The next robbery on July 23 was at a M&T Bank in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, according to the feds.

The FBI said the suspect kept making her way down the East Coast for her third robbery in the small town of Ayden, North Carolina, on July 24. She robbed the Southern Bank in the rural town between Greenville and Kinston, North Carolina, according to an FBI press release. Ayden is about 85 miles east of Raleigh.

“In each case, the suspect showed the teller a note that demanded money,” investigators said.

On Friday afternoon, while the FBI announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect, the “Pink Lady” struck again.

The suspect is accused of robbing a BB&T bank in Hamlet, Fox News reported. That is about 80 miles east of Charlotte, or 180 miles southwest from Ayden, where she most recently is accused of robbing a bank.

Surveillance photos from three of the robberies shared by the FBI show a woman wearing a baseball cap pulled down to her dark sunglasses.

The FBI described her as a 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-4, 130-pound white or Hispanic woman, who has worn yoga pants and a tank top, while carrying the signature pink purse in some of the robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 704-672-6100, or submit a tip at tips.fbi.gov.

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.
Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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