'Bad Hair Bandit' arrested in Northern California
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) -- A woman the FBI believes has robbed as many as 20 banks throughout the West has been arrested after a bank robbery in Northern California.
Authorities say Cynthia Van Holland was arrested after a bank in Auburn was held up around 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Placer County sheriff's Lt. Mark Reed says Van Holland, dubbed the "Bad Hair Bandit," was seen by witnesses jumping into a car just after the heist.
Van Holland and the driver of the car, 26-year-old Christopher Alonzo, was arrested a short distance away on Interstate 80.
The FBI says the 47-year-old Van Holland is believed to responsible for up to 20 other bank robberies, including heists in Washington, Oregon and Montana.
She was given the nickname by authorities because of different wigs she wore during the robberies.
Reed says Van Holland is due back in court Thursday after a brief appearance Wednesday.