Officers nab Central Coast Bandit

August 24, 2013

Image_7Police arrested a woman on Friday they suspect is the Central Coast Bandit, a prolific bandit responsible for six bank robberies since December.

At about 5 p.m., a woman who resembled the Central Coast bandit entered the Golden 1 Credit Union on Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo. A bank employee then hit the alarm, the woman fled,  and another witness wrote down the license plate number of the light blue Chevy Malibu she drove away in.

Police then followed her north on the 101 and gave up the chase when it became dangerous.

California Highway Patrol officers then took up the chase that ended when the woman crashed in Paso Robles.

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.






  1. Sebastes says:

    Great job Golden 1 staff.

    Proud to be a member.

    (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
  2. womanwhohasbeenthere says:

    So who is she? Normally when someone is take into custody we get a name unless it’s a juvenile which does not appear to be the case here.

    (3) 5 Total Votes - 4 up - 1 down
    • aft50s says:

      Did they weigh her? I still stand by my estimate of 200+ pounds, not 140.

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      • obispan says:

        She’s a big ‘un. No made-for-TV chick-bandit movie to be had here.

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    • r0y says:

      Cristina Fernandez Padilla, originally from Watsonville… she’s being held on $290,000 bail.

      It’s mentioned here in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

      (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  3. slocal says:

    What amazing moxy this lady had to continue robbing in an area that was actively looking for her. May she now be locked away and living off our tax dollars for good…

    (10) 12 Total Votes - 11 up - 1 down
  4. r0y says:

    Finally, someone with common sense to actually DENY this woman the robbery AND actually write down the make/model/license number of her car. It only took SIX robberies…

    I just cannot fathom that one can walk in to a bank, ASK for money (is that even robbing? maybe she threatened, I don’t know…) then walk out, and NO ONE does a DAMN THING. Blows me away.

    Even if one is worried and without intestinal fortitude, one could still sneak after and at least PEEK at the car, etc.

    (13) 17 Total Votes - 15 up - 2 down
    • Jorge Estrada says:

      Just as rediculous, millions of people walk into the banks and loan them billions of dollars for less than half the interest they charge you. The moral of the story is to have a business license.

      (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
  5. slophocles says:

    The Tribune and KSBY’s coverage was interesting in that they refused to say it was the CC Bandit that had been caught. At what point (journalistically?) can you say a suspect is who they are or are just a suspect? How long do we have to call someone a suspect? Was this just another way of trying to discredit CCNews?

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      CCN hasn’t said it either. They (all the news organizations) are going off of what police say. They say they SUSPECT they may have caught the woman responsible. I’m sure the cops need time to put evidence linking here to the crimes together.

      Also the paper did put together the POSSIBLE name of the woman deducting that the only woman arrested on Friday evening at that time period.

      Back to the how long do you have to say suspect? Probably till the police confirm it. I say lighten up on all parties involved and give them a little time to do their jobs.

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  6. Tammy says:

    OMG you can’t make this stuff up.

    (9) 15 Total Votes - 12 up - 3 down
  7. ShootTheMessenger says:

    They nabbed the Central Coast Bandit. Which one… was it, Lisa Niesen or Dee Torres?

    (60) 82 Total Votes - 71 up - 11 down

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