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Armed with purse and bad wig, 'Mrs. Doubtfire' bandit robs Santa Cruz bank

Armed with purse and bad wig, 'Mrs. Doubtfire' bandit robs Santa Cruz bank
The Santa Cruz Police Department released this image of the so-called Mrs. Doubtfirebank robbery suspect. (Santa Cruz Police Department)

Santa Cruz police are looking for a cross-dressing man who robbed one bank last week and staked out a second.

Dubbed "Mrs. Doubtfire" by local authorities, the man is seen in security camera video near the entrance of a Rabo Bank with a purse hanging awkwardly from his left arm, his face partially masked by long, curly, blond bangs swept across his face and glasses.

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His hair is a wig and his attire a set of navy blue medical scrubs pulled over a light purple, long sleeve undershirt, police said. He's described as a dark-skinned man between 25 and 35 years old, weighing between 160 and 170 pounds and about 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

"We believe these are great photos of the suspect and somebody in the community has to recognize this person," Santa Cruz police said in a statement.

Authorities said that on Friday the "Mrs. Doubtfire" bandit stood inside the Rabo Bank about 2 p.m. until he was confronted by bank employees, then left.

"When bank employees contacted the suspect they were surprised to see that although the suspect was dressed like a female, the suspect was actually a male. Hence the title, the Mrs. Doubtfire bank robbery," police explained.

The same man robbed a U.S. Bank about an hour later.

Anonymous tips can also be sent to the Santa Cruz Police Department through its tip line at (831) 420-5995.

This wouldn't be the first time authorities have nicknamed a robber Mrs. Doubtfire.

Online media reports show a man nicknamed the  Mrs. Doubtfire Bandit was convicted of robbing a bank in Australia in 2006 and a woman in Washington earned the nickname for wearing "dowdy" clothes during several alleged bank robberies in the Seattle suburbs in 2011.

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