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'Bad Hair Bandit' suspected in Lake Oswego bank robbery

by: Submitted A woman known as the "Bad Hair Bandit" is suspected of robbing a Key Bank branch in downtown Lake Oswego Friday.

The 'Bad Hair Bandit,' known for a string of robberies in Washington, is now wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Lake Oswego.

The heist occurred just before 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Key Bank branch on A Avenue downtown.

Beth Anne Steele of the FBI in Portland said a woman walked into the bank, approached a teller and demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed amount, she left on foot. She threatened tellers by telling them she had a weapon, although none was seen.

Witnesses described her as a white woman 20 to 30 years old, 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, and wearing a short, dark-colored wig and a polo shirt with red, white and blue stripes.

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Photo courtesy of the FBI: The "Bad Hair Bandit," shown here in an FBI poster, is suspected of robbing a Key Bank branch in downtown Lake Oswego on Friday.

The Bad Hair Bandit, known for wearing a variety of wigs, is suspected in nearly 20 bank robberies in Washington state. With crimes dating to December 2010, she's also now featured in a wanted poster on the national FBI website.

The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Task Force has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the woman responsible for Friday's robbery. This is in addition to another reward offered in Washington of up to $5,000 from Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers and Wells Fargo.

Anyone with information on the identification or location of the robber should call the FBI at 503-224-4181 or the Lake Oswego Police Department at 503-635-0328. If you spot the suspect, do not approach her, and call 9-1-1.

Check for updates on the case at www.lakeoswegoreview.com or in Thursday's Lake Oswego Review newspaper.