UPDATE (THURS NIGHT): The red-wigged female bandit who took at least $112,900 in cash at gunpoint from a Glen Rock bank two weeks ago after robbing a Greenwich, CT bank late last month was arrested by the FBI today at an Atlantic City casino, multiple law enforcement sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT late this afternoon.
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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 51-year-old Westchester County woman arrested by the FBI in Atlantic City yesterday for taking at least $112,900 in cash at gunpoint from a Glen Rock bank while wearing a bright red wig two weeks ago and $13,000 from a bank in Greenwich, CT with a pixie cut the month before is a former white-collar executive and bodybuilder who previously served time for robbing a bank 20 years ago. READ MORE….
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The White Plains, N.Y. woman wasn’t immediately identified.
“No other details are being released right now,” a federal law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Those were expected sometime later on Friday.
Investigators expressed optimism a week ago after coming up with an address. Their persistence paid off today.
The irony wasn’t lost on members of law enforcement: A New Jersey state PBA convention is being held in Atlantic City this week.
The arrest answered questions about her gender that were based on bank surveillance photos.
More questions were raised, however, after a quick review by CLIFFVIEW PILOT earlier today found three other female bank robberies in Connecticut in a span of less than two weeks surrounding the Glen Rock holdup:
Feb. 13 in Wethersfield (bottom right);
Feb. 17 in Cromwell (top);
Feb. 24 in Darien (bottom left)
The FBI played a prominent role in tracking down the suspect, who authorities said held up the Glen Rock Savings Bank on Feb. 18 and the Greenwich Bank and Trust Co. on Jan. 30.
The bandit in both the Glen Rock and Greenwich robberies was smallish (5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7), with a medium build, and wore similar white or tan boots, a long woman’s peacoat and dark gloves.
The bandit also pointed a long-barreled weapon — which Glen Rock police said was a paintball gun and Greenwich authorities called a sawed-off shotgun.
Greenwich police described the bandit as about 40. Glen Rock police didn’t use an age.
The robber’s hair in each differed: The Greenwich bandit had a dark pixie cut, as opposed to the long, intense red wig worn by the Glen Rock robber.
She was carrying what sources out of Glen Rock told CLIFFVIEW PILOT was a Louis Vuitton bag into which she stuffed $112,000 to $120,000 taken from the Rock Road bank’s vault.
Images captured from an ATM taken the morning of the Connecticut holdup show the suspected robber going into a Hudson City Savings Bank branch in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, coming out and crossing the street to a People’s Bank branch and doing the same — apparently casing both banks.
Then came the Greenwich Bank and Trust holdup.
According to a Greenwich Police Department report:
“The pictured suspect, described as a white female, mid 40’s, 5’3”-5’5”, 100-115lbs., entered the bank with a gray Whole Foods shopping bag from New York.
“She then pulled out a sawed off shotgun from the bag and ordered the manager to the ground.
“The suspect then ordered the two tellers to put their hands on their heads and told one of them to retrieve the cash from both drawers.
“The suspect threatened to kill them if there were any dye packs in with the money.
“The suspect received approximately $13,000 in cash, fled the bank and ran towards I-95.”
No weapon was reported shown in the other three Connecticut bank robberies.
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