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Jul 17, 2013 8:14 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Central Coast bandit wanted by the FBI

The FBI is looking for a female bank robber who they've dubbed the Central Coast bandit.

Since December of 2012, the FBI says the Central Coast bandit robbed three local banks and attempted to rob another. They say she is also wanted for holding up a bank in Monterey County.

The FBI says the robber is 35 to 45 years-old, Hispanic or white, 5-foot 7-inches tall and about 150 to 160 pounds.

The string of robberies began on Valentine's Day when authorities say the robber held up Pacific Western Bank in Atascadero. The next bank hold-up was in Nipomo at the Coast Hills Federal Credit Union on June 26.

The latest was on Tuesday in Paso Robles at the Golden One Credit Union in the 100 block of Niblick Rd. The Central Coast bandit got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and according to the note she handed the teller, she was armed. Police say no gun was ever seen.

The FBI is now asking for the public's help. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for a reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Robbing a bank is a felony and someone can be in prison for 25 years or more.

According to FBI statistics, bank robberies committed by women are on the rise. The reason a woman usually robs a bank is because of a financial crunch rather than a thrill.

No one was injured in any of the robberies. However, area banks do say they are tightening security to make sure their employees and customers are safe.

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