'Bad Hair Bandit' suspect has ID ties, accomplice
Thursday, August 18, 2011
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A woman the FBI believes robbed as many as 20 banks throughout the West has Idaho ties, working as a nurse at a state prison facility where she likely met the convicted forger who investigators say drove the getaway car.
Cynthia Van Holland was arrested Monday after a bank robbery in Auburn, Calif.
Authorities say she's the "Bad Hair Bandit" who used wigs to disguise herself during bank heists in Montana, Oregon and Washington state.
She was arrested with 26-year-old Christopher Alonzo, who spent time in Idaho prisons and jails on fraud, forgery and escape convictions.
Investigators believe Van Holland met Alonzo while he was incarcerated at an Idaho Department of Correction facility and she worked as a nurse there for a private contractor.
Alonzo remains in Idaho's parole system.