Captured: Cynthia Van Holland - The wig comes off, as FBI says she's the 'Bad Hair Bandit'!

 On Monday, August 15, 2011, the Placer County Sheriff’s office in California, arrested 47 year old Cynthia Van Holland for bank robbery. 

Investigators on the FBI Safe Streets Task Forces in Seattle and Sacramento believe that Van Holland is the same person nicknamed the “Bad Hair Bandit,” who is responsible for up to 20 bank robberies across four states. 

Placer County Sheriff deputies arrested Van Holland and her accused getaway driver, 26 year old Christopher Alonzo, 12 miles from the Bank of the West in Auburn, California.


Around 2:25 p.m., a female had entered the Bank of the West and passed a note to a teller demanding money and stating that she was armed.  She was given an undetermined amount of money and left the bank.  Placer County Sheriff deputies were able to arrest Van Holland and Alonzo when their vehicle and license plate matched a description given by a witness.

Van Holland is suspected of committing or attempting bank robberies throughout Washington State and in Oregon, Montana, and California.  Investigators learned from witnesses that the robber typically waited in line as a customer before each robbery, then produced a note to a teller, in which she demanded cash and stated that she was armed.  The Bad Hair Bandit earned her nickname for the variety of wigs she wore during robberies.  Personnel in the FBI Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City and Sacramento divisions, and in several local law enforcement agencies, collaborated on this investigation.

The following is a list of bank robberies or attempts attributed to the Bad Hair Bandit:

  1. US Bank, Tacoma, WA—12/22/2010
  2. Key Bank, Tumwater, WA—01/05/2011
  3. Key Bank, Tacoma, WA—01/12/2011
  4. Wells Fargo Bank, Spanaway, WA—01/14/2011
  5. Heritage Bank, Tacoma, WA—01/21/2011
  6. Cathay Bank, Kent, WA—01/26/2011
  7. First Security Bank, Redmond, WA—01/27/2011
  8. US Bank, Auburn, WA—02/10/2011
  9. Wells Fargo Bank, University Place, WA—02/19/2011
  10. Sound Community Bank, Tacoma, WA—03/25/2011
  11. Wells Fargo Bank, University Place, WA—04/09/2011
  12. Cathay Bank, Bellevue, WA—04/21/2011
  13. Wheatland Bank, Ellensburg, WA—04/26/2011
  14. Key Bank, Moses Lake, WA—04/27/2011
  15. Chase Bank, Spokane, WA—05/09/2011
  16. Sterling Bank, Moses Lake, WA—06/07/2011
  17. Key Bank, Lake Oswego, OR—07/01/2011
  18. Yakima Federal, Richland, WA—07/18/2011
  19. Bank of Butte, Butte, MT—08/11/2011
  20. Bank of the West, Auburn, CA—08/15/2011

The Clear Channel billboard featuring the 'Bad Hair Bandit' already has 'captured' slapped on it! - CLICK HERE to see it

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