Central Coast bandit robs Pismo Beach bank
August 15, 2013
The Central Coast Bandit robbed a Pismo Beach bank Wednesday, marking her fourth San Luis Obispo County bank robbery in the last six months.
The Hispanic woman robbed the Pacific Western Bank on Oak Park Boulevard in Pismo Beach around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The bandit told a Pacific Western Bank employee that she needed to cash a check, then passed a note demanding cash.
During the robbery, the Central Coast Bandit was wearing a hat and carrying a black purse, as she did in her recent heists. The woman, who has dark hair and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds, appeared to be smiling in footage bank surveillance footage captured Wednesday.
Since December 31, 2012, the Central Coast Bandit has robbed six California banks. Outside of San Luis Obispo County, she robbed a bank in Pacific Grove on New Year’s Eve and robbed one in Modesto last month. Wednesday’s robbery marked her fourth since late June.
Witnesses have seen the bandit carrying a pistol during some of the robberies and leaving in either a grey sedan or gold colored SUV.
The FBI is conducting a joint investigation with law enforcement in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Stanislaus Counties. The Atascadero, Paso Robles and Pismo Beach police departments are participating in the investigation, as is the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.