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Police search for woman accused in 4 Chesterfield bank robberies

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield police are searching for a serial bank robber, whose threatened a clerk with a bomb during her most recent heist.

Investigators say the woman's crime spree has spanned more than month and, in most cases, she's wearing a disguise.

Surveillance pictures revealed the events of each of the four bank robberies in southern Chesterfield.

The woman acted late in the afternoon of July 12, at a Wells Fargo Bank on West Hundred Road. Investigators say she passed the teller a note demanding money, covering herself in a scarf and sunglasses.

"In the first three (bank robberies) she displayed a firearm. She didn't threaten anyone with a firearm, but she made it clear that she had a firearm," said Chesterfield Police Lieutenant Randy Horowitz.

Investigators say the suspect took off with the money. Police say she then struck at two other banks on that same road, the next month. Officers say on August 6, the woman concealed her face at the Bank of Southside Virginia. A week later, she's accused of donning a wig at the Virginia Commonwealth Bank.

Investigators say the suspect brought in a suspicious looking package and told employees it was a bomb on Friday at the Virginia Credit Union. As soon as she left with the money, the entire place evacuated.

"With the help of the Virginia State Bomb Squad, we were able to examine the package and find that it was a hoax device," said Horowitz.

Horowitz says it's not common for police to be searching for a female serial bank robber.

"It's very unusual for a female serial bank robber. We've had many more cases with men than women," Horowitz added.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies, and police say they don't have a vehicle description.

If you recognize this woman or know anything about these robberies, call Chesterfield Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660, or the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251. Remember, if your Crime Solvers tip helps to solve a crime or catch a fugitive, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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