FBI searches for female bank robber nicknamed the 'S.O.S. bandit'

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The FBI is searching for a female bank robbery suspect dubbed the "S.O.S." bandit.

The woman earned the nickname because she has worn "Slip-On Shoes" for two of the robberies.

FBI officials say the suspect has hit a string of banks over the past few weeks, including:

  • 1/30/2017 -  Amtrust Bank 8764 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale
  • 2/11/2017 -  Amtrust Bank 2975 W. Ray Road, Chandler
  • 2/15/2017 - Bank of America 8750 E. Raintree Drive, Scottsdale
  • 2/16/2017 - JP Morgan Chase 1744 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe

In the latest incident, the suspect entered the bank and spoke to employees under the pretense of being a customer. After a few minutes, the suspect presented a demand note in which she threatened physical harm to the employee if they did not comply with her demands.

The woman is said to be between 30 and 40 years old, about 5'2" to 5'5" tall. She weighs between 150 and 230 pounds.

Investigators say she wore dark sunglasses, carried a large purse, and had noticeable skin tags on the right side of her neck and jawline. The suspect wore a shoulder-length wig in one instance and a fake ponytail in another instance.

If you have any information, please contact Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.

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